Oh, Mum! Queen made Charles ‘very self-conscious’ with ’embarrassing’ title announcement

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THE QUEEN made her son Prince Charles feel “self-conscious” and “embarrassed” over her decision to announce a new title for the nine-year-old on TV, without giving him any prior warning.

Prince Charles attended Cheam, the preparatory school at Headley, for five years, from 1957 to 1962. Just one year into his time at the prestigious school, the Queen “embarrassed” Charles in front of several of his classmates by announcing she had bestowed the title of Prince of Wales on him. Her Majesty had failed to inform Charles of her plans.

Royal biographer Matthew Dennison has documented the incident in his new book, ‘The Queen’.

The Queen is claimed to have made Prince Charles feel 'self conscious' and 'embarrassed' (Image: Getty)
The Queen is claimed to have made Prince Charles feel ‘self conscious’ and ’embarrassed’ (Image: Getty)

He recalls that the event highlighted Elizabeth’s conflicting duties as monarch and mother.

He wrote: “The conflict in Elizabeth’s life that arose from her multiple roles appeared to be symbolized by her decision, in the summer of 1958, to confer on Prince Charles the title of Prince of Wales without any warning to Charles himself.

“He learned of it in the headmaster’s study at Cheam, in company with a group of classmates, watching on television the closing ceremony of the Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff.

The title of the Prince of Wales is traditionally given to the eldest son of the reigning British monarch (Image: Getty)
The title of the Prince of Wales is traditionally given to the eldest son of the reigning British monarch (Image: Getty)

“Elizabeth’s pre-recorded message was roundly applauded in Wales and beyond.

“Charles’s reaction was of acute embarrassment.”

Mr Dennison further elaborated on the occasion in an interview with Express.co.uk, where he said Charles’s timid reaction is credit to his modest nature.

He said: “I can imagine that something like that would make a small child very self-conscious.

The Queen announced the news of the title on July 26, 1958 (Image: Getty)
The Queen announced the news of the title on July 26, 1958 (Image: Getty)

“It reflects a credit on Prince Charles that he felt like that rather than terribly boastful.”

The title of the Prince of Wales is traditionally given to the eldest son of the reigning British monarch.

The Queen announced the news of the title on July 26, 1958, but he had to wait 11 years for the formal investiture of the title.

The investiture, the formal ceremony where the title was bestowed on Charles, took place on July 1, 1969, at Caernarfon Castle in Wales.

The Queen did not inform Charles of her plans to make him the Prince of Wales (Image: Getty)
The Queen did not inform Charles of her plans to make him the Prince of Wales (Image: Getty)

The investiture, the formal ceremony where the title was bestowed on Charles, took place on July 1, 1969, at Caernarfon Castle in Wales (Image: Getty)

The centuries-old custom involved the Secretary of State of Wales reading the Letters Patent in Welsh, while the Queen bestowed upon Charles five pieces of insignia: a sword, coronet, ring, the gold rod, and the kingly mantle.

Charles took an oath, which read: “I, Charles, Prince of Wales, do become your liege man of life and limb and of earthly worship and faith and truth I will bear unto thee to live and die against all manner of folks.”

The Queen Mother, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret were all in attendance.

The heir to the throne also gave a speech to the adoring crowd, in both English and Welsh.

Ahead of his investiture, it was agreed that Charles would spend a term at Aberystwyth University, to better acquaint himself with Wales.

He was tutored in all things Welsh, including the language.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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