High Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales eldest son of HM Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Charles Philip Arthur George was born on November 14, 1948. He was christened in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 15 December 1948, using water from the River Jordan, by Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher. He was named as Charles Philip Arthur George. His godparents were King George VI, the King of Norway, Queen Mary, Princess Margaret, Prince George of Greece, the Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, the Lady Brabourne, and the Hon David Bowes-Lyon.
- Prince of Wales
- Duke of Rothesay
- Duke of Cornwall
Prince Charles is the longest-serving “heir apparent” in British history. He’s held the position of heir apparent since 1952. He’s also the oldest person to be next in line to the throne since Sophia of Hanover, who was the heir presumptive to Queen Anne, died in 1714 at the age of 83.
In America, Prince Charles isn’t very popular mostly due to his well-publicized extramarital affair with Camilla Parker Bowels. His wife at the time, Princess Diana was extremely popular, and beloved all the world over. So when Prince Charles cheated on her with Camilla Parker Bowles, the world was shocked and confused at how he could possibly cheat on someone so universally loved.
Back in the UK though, Prince Charles isn’t so hated. He’s quite well known for his humanitarian works and his work as an environmentalist.
When Charles turned 65, there was an open acknowledgment he would gradually take on more of his mother’s duties as a kind of “unofficial co-regency”, carrying out 527 official engagements in 2015.
Despite stepping up his royal duties, surveys have consistently suggested the public is not keen on the idea of him as king and more importantly, his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, as queen. Some are saying that the Royal family is keenly aware of the problem with the Duchess of Cornwall’s lack of popularity and as such she may never become “queen” and instead will be styled “Princess Consort” instead.
Even more interesting is that more than 70% of people surveyed in 2016 feel the Queen should remain as monarch until her death.
So what happens when she does die? Legally speaking Prince Charles would become the king. The problem is, many experts think he would be bad for the monarchy and that could hurt the country as a whole who depends on the popularity of the royal family for one very big reason …. tourist dollars. The royal family is big business in England.