PRINCE CHARLES has been Prince of Wales for more than six decades, but could he also be the last Prince of Wales ever?
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Royal Family members hold many royal titles, some with more significance than others. Prince Charles is heir to the throne, a position which comes with many royal titles. However, his most significant title is that of Prince of Wales, an appointment with enormous historical significance.
What is Prince Charles’ full title?
Prince Charles is officially titled as Charles, Prince of Wales, and he is the only member of the Royal Family to hold the title.
Prince Charles was created Prince of Wales on July 26, 1958.
He was also created the Earl of Chester on this date, in addition to his many other royal titles.
Prince Charles title: Could Charles be the last Prince of Wales? (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles title: As heir apparent, Charles is also the Duke of Cornwall, and his wife is known as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: GETTY)
He is the longest-serving Prince of Wales in British history, surpassing the record previously set by Edward VII in September 2017.
It was not until 1969 that Charles was formally invested with the Prince of Wales title at Caernarfon Castle, in a ceremony which was televised to the nation.
Charles pledged his allegiance to the Queen during the ceremony, stating: “I, Charles, Prince of Wales do become your liege man of life and limb.”
Before his formal investiture, Charles spent a term at Aberystwyth University.
Prince Charles title: Before his formal investiture, Charles spent a term at Aberystwyth University (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles title: Charles was formally invested with the Prince of Wales title at Caernarfon Castle in 1969 (Image: GETTY)
During this time, Charles was tutored in Welsh and gave a number of speeches in Welsh.
After his formal investiture, Charles embarked on a week-long tour of Wales.
As heir apparent, Charles is also the Duke of Cornwall, and his wife is known as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
He is known as the Duke of Rothesay upon any visits to Scotland, and he also holds the title of Earl of Carrick.
Will Prince Charles be the last Prince of Wales?
The title of Prince of Wales dates back to 1301, when King Edward I gave the title to his son, the future Edward II, after his conquest of Wales and execution of David III.
Since this period many of the eldest sons of sovereigns have been given the title.
To mark 60 years since Prince Charles became the Prince of Wales, YouGov and ITV Wales commissioned a poll about the future of his title.
More than 1,000 of the Welsh public were asked what they thought should happen to the Prince of Wales title if Charles becomes King.
Prince Charles title: Whether Prince William becomes the Prince of Wales is dependent on Prince Charles’ decision in the future (Image: GETTY)
The majority of people said the title should be passed on to Prince William, with 57 percent of respondents stating so.
However, 22 percent believed the title should be left vacant or abolished altogether in the future.
Whether Prince William becomes the Prince of Wales is dependent on Prince Charles’ decision in the future.
The awarding of royal titles is not automatic in the Royal Family.
Only the reigning sovereign can pass the Prince of Wales title on once he has ascended the throne, so it will be a matter for Charles to appoint William as Prince of Wales.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK