Earlier this week Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, surpassing her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria. She became the Queen at only 25 after her father died. Meanwhile, her heir, Prince Charles, is still waiting to ascend the throne at 66. How does the Prince of Wales feel about his mother’s record?
Prince Charles wasn’t with his mother on the historic day, nor did he say anything publicly, although his office discussed a speech he gave in 2012 where he praised his mother. However, Charles’s former spokeswoman, Colleen Harris, said he’s likely proud of his mother for reaching this milestone.
He will be full of admiration. She took over the role at such a young age, and has really shaped it in a way that the public have grown to love and admire – and that’s a great achievement.
“In a way, the royal family is about stability and consistency, and she embodies that. You forget she’s aging until you say she’s been doing her job for more than 63 years.”
She’s been doing the job for almost as long as he’s been alive!
While some claim Charles is not “itching to ascend the throne,” he is said to be eager to accomplish more in public life. He’s already done quite a bit, making a name for himself for his conservation efforts and projects like the Prince’s Trust, which helps disadvantaged youth get started in life. The Trust will mark its 40th anniversary this year: impressive! Former palace staffer Dickie Arbiter said:
Charles is the first Prince of Wales who has actually done anything. If you go back in history and the likes of George IV, all he did was date women, buy paintings and spend a lot of money. Edward VII and Edward VIII were the same. They were just playboys.
“This Prince of Wales has really put his money where his mouth is and done things for the community through the Prince’s Trust and other organizations. People don’t always agree with what he says, but he has provoked debate and he has done something.”
That is something to be proud of! There’s also still debate about what will happen when Charles does become King when it comes to his second wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. She was not given the Princess of Wales title, and when they were allowed to marry, it was decided that she would be called “Princess Consort” when he became King. However, the British people are said to be more comfortable with her getting the title Queen Consort. I’d imagine Charles wants her to be titled “Queen.” We’ll see what happens… one day.
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