78 Charles, Prince of Wales

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The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor) (born 14 November 1948), is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is heir apparent to the thrones of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth Realms. He has held the title of Prince of Wales since 1958 and is styled HRH The Prince of Wales, and in Scotland, HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. Constitutionally he is the second most senior member of the British Royal Family after the Queen.

The Prince of Wales is well known for his extensive charity work, particularly for the Prince’s Trust. He also carries out a full schedule of royal duties, and increasingly is taking on more royal roles from his ageing parents. The Prince is also well known for his high profile marriages to the late Diana, Princess of Wales and subsequently to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester in 1958, though his actual investiture did not take place until 1 July 1969. This was a major ceremony, held at Caernarfon Castle in north Wales, a place traditionally associated with the creation of the title in the 13th century. Previous investitures had taken place at various locations, including the Palace of Westminster, the seat of Parliament. The Welsh borough of Swansea was granted city status to mark the occasion.

The investiture also aroused considerable hostility among some Welsh nationalists, and there were threats of violence. In the late 1970s, the Prince of Wales established another first when he became the first member of the Royal Family since King George I to attend a British cabinet meeting, being invited to attend by Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan so as to see the workings of cabinet government at first hand.

Questions about the text

1. Prince Charles was born in…
1948.
1949.
1950.

2. He received the title of Prince of Wales in…
1958.
1959.
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3. He married only once.
True.
False.
We don’t know.

4. He was the first member of the Royal Family to attend a cabinet meeting.
True.
False.
We don’t know.

5. Constitutionally he is the second most senior member of the British Royal Family after the Queen.
True.
False.
We don’t know.

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