Post by Gene Wirchenko
On Mon, 1 Jul 2019 18:22:52 +0000 (UTC), Louis Epstein
Post by Louis Epstein
I watched on television as the ceremony unfolded in which
Charles,soon to be 21,was formally invested as Prince of Wales.
According to Wikipedia, Charles was created Prince of Wales and
Earl of Chester on 26 July 1958 and formally in 1969. I was born in
1960, so Charles has been Prince of Wales all my lifetime.
...and I in 1961.
The 1959 Burke's Peerage is available online with his creation
mentioned as a highlight of what had happened since the last edition;
so much has changed since then,yet today we have the same Sovereign
and same Prince of Wales.
Post by Gene Wirchenko Post by Louis Epstein
That he would still be Prince of Wales as he approaches 71
did not seem a realistic prospect...but now every ten-year-old
who watched (I was 8 and not in the UK) with the mentality of
"he'll be King when you grow up" and later joined HM's Civil
or Diplomatic Service has reached mandatory retirement age
without that expectation coming to pass.
It is unusual.
George V only became Prince of Wales after he was married with
children,but still became King for long enough to have a Silver
Jubilee...but he died before he reached the age of the current Prince.
(The coronet made for George for his father's coronation in 1902
was used for his son's investiture in 1911,but was taken abroad by
the latter on abdication and thus unavailable for the 1969 ceremony;
I hope the 1902 coronet rather than the 1969 replacement will be used
when Prince William's time comes).
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.