Prince Charles steps into Queen’s shoes to host academic prize ceremony with Camilla
Prince Charles stepped into his mother’s shoes today when he presented for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education ceremony during a ceremony in Buckingham Palace alongside his wife Camilla.
The ceremony celebrates the work and achievement of twenty-one UK universities and colleges in any subject area, which demonstrates innovation and delivers benefit in the economy, society and for people.
His appearance alongside his wife comes at a time when speculation is growing that Prince Charles could well be eyeing up the throne to become King of the country, succeeding his mother.
It has been revealed that Charles attended 546 engagements last year, more than any other royal family member.
As the Queen approaches the age of 92, it is thought she will be looking to scale back her royal duties in the coming year.
This means the Prince of Wales will take on more of the workload to support his mother.
Prince Charles, 69, looked in good spirits as he handed out prizes to academic and scholars from 21 different universities across the UK alongside Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
In a historic transfer of royal duties, the 91-year-old monarch stood beside Prince Philip on a Foreign Office balcony as Prince Charles – in the uniform of Marshal of the RAF – laid the first wreath on behalf of his mother.
But as his outings step up, it emerged earlier this year that his charitable donations had decreased – with the total grants handed out to good causes backed by the heir to the throne having more than halved in a year from £7.7million in 2016 to £3.1million in the 12 months to March.
A Clarence House spokesman said at the time that Prince Charles had decided to “review” his charities in the run-up to his 70th birthday later this year and the decline reflects his increasing workload in supporting the monarch.
The spokesman added: “The approach of the Prince’s 70th birthday provided a sensible opportunity to review his charities to ensure that they continue to deliver the maximum benefit for those people they were set up to help.
“The review was also designed to ensure the Prince’s involvement was at the right level and had the right focus.
“This will ensure that the charities become sustainable with less necessity for the engagement of HRH on a day-to-day basis, and will contribute in building a lasting legacy of his philanthropic work.”
The Queen has been slowly scaling back her duties over the past few years, and has cut the number of official events she goes to by 11 per cent – down from 332 to 296.
Prince Philip, 96, retired from royal duties in August – but the loyal consort has racked up a whopping 22,219 solo engagements since Her Majesty became Queen in 1952.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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