PRINCE CHARLES is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, becoming next in line to the throne aged just three. But the Duke of Cornwall’s succession to the throne will mean the British currently will undergo a huge change.
Prince Charles, 71, is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and is there next in line to the succession of the British throne. His mother succeeded to the throne on February 6, 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI.
Charles, who was born in 1948, has therefore spent a lifetime being the heir apparent.
The Queen is the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
The 94-year-old monarch has vowed to not abdicate and Charles will likely not take the throne himself before his mother has died.
In a speech on her 21st birthday, then-Princess Elizabeth dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth.
King Charles: The British pound will under a huge change when Charles takes the throne (Image: GETTY)
King Charles: Prince Charles is next in line to the throne (Image: GETTY)
She said: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
Due to her long reign, the Queen has become a much loved and respected figure across the globe.
But one day, her son Prince Charles will be the one who sits on the British throne.
When that happens, there are multiple things that will change.
King Charles: The Queen’s face could disappear from the British pound (Image: GETTY)
One change will be to the UK’s currently, the British pound.
Currently the pound, which is the oldest currency in continuous use, features photos of the Queen.
But when Prince Charles is King, the pound will bear his picture instead when new notes are printed.
The British currently is not the only thing set to change when Charles takes the throne.
The national anthem, composed by Thomas Arne, is currently sang with the words “God Save the Queen”.
This has been the case for more than six decades and something most Britons have grown up with.
But when the Prince of Wales is King, the anthem will revert to its male version “God Save the King”.
This version was used before Elizabeth II became Queen, but hasn’t been used as an anthem since 1952.
King Charles: Prince Charles has been heir apparent since he was aged just three (Image: GETTY)
The national anthem will read the following when Charles is King:
God save our gracious King!
Long live our noble King!
God save the King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the King.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK