July 25, 2021

Prince Charles, the eternal heir to the British throne, turns 70

Prince Charles, the eternal heir to the British throne, turns 70

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, celebrates 70 years this November 14, of which 66 has spent waiting to assume the responsibilities of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, although facing the succession plays increasingly more official functions .

Carlos, from the Windsor house, is the prince who has been the heir to the crown of British history for the longest time and who has held the title of Prince of Wales for the longest time, which he received in 1958.

Carlos Felipe Arturo Jorge was born on November 14, 1948 at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British royal family, a year after the wedding of his parents, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey .

With almost 4 years of age, Carlos became heir to the throne when his mother assumed the crown in February 1952 for the death of King George VI while she was in Kenya.

On that date, Charles of England received the titles of Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay (the latter Scottish), although the Prince of Wales was granted years later and crowned with that title by his mother in 1969 in the Welsh castle of Caernarfon.

The life of the prince has been a long wait given the good health of the sovereign, who in spite of her 92 years does not renounce her function as head of state nor does she intend to abdicate, after promising as a young woman that she would be queen until death .

Carlos has lived between the rigor of the royal apartments, the strict boarding school education and a current British monarchy, more adapted to the new times, in which the divorce or social origin are not an obstacle to enter the royal family .

The prince was educated at the Gordonstoun school, to which his father had gone and famous for the high academic level accompanied by harsh discipline, as part of the preparation as an heir.

Throughout his life, Carlos has proven to be passionate about certain issues, such as protecting the environment, preserving endangered species or architecture, which often earned him criticism from various sectors of the press.

On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles, 32, married Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of Count Spencer, at a sumptuous wedding held in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, ceremony followed by television by millions of people around the world.

They were times when the fame of royalty grew daily, especially because of the fresh air provided by Diana de Gales, who over time would help mark a before and after the British monarchy due to its naturalness and close gestures with the people.

As a result of that union, Guillermo was born in 1982, second in the line of succession, and two years later Enrique did it.

However, that marriage seen by many as a fairy tale showed a few years later the other side of a different reality, to reveal the press that Prince Charles had an extramarital relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

That marriage, aired in great detail by the always invading yellow press, officially ended in 1992 when the then Prime Minister John Major communicated in Parliament the separation of the princes, who would divorce in 1996.

A year later, on August 31, 1997, Diana of Wales died in a car accident in Paris with her friend Dodi Al Fayed.

It was Carlos who traveled to Paris to bring the coffin of Lady Di. Those moments were the lowest of the British monarchy.

In April 2005, the heir to the throne was married, after the approval of his mother, with Camilla, who adopted the title of Duchess of Cornwall, who today is accepted by the British.

While the Prince of Wales waits and waits, his family increases as he is the grandfather of three children, Princes Jorge, Carlota and Luis (sons of the Dukes of Cambridge), and next spring he will be grandfather for the fourth time for the expected birth of the son of the dukes of Sussex, Enrique and Meghan.

On the occasion of his birthday, the Prince of Wales has promised in a BBC documentary that he will not "meddle" in matters that he has defended until now when he succeeds his nonagenarian mother and has to enforce the "constitutional parameters".


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