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Prince Charles: This is how he was named "Prince of Wales"

2019 is a special year for Prince Charles: He celebrates the 50th anniversary of his official inauguration as "Prince of Wales". GALA looks back for you on July 1, 1969, one of the most important days in the life of the future King of the United Kingdom.

Congratulations Prince Charles, 70! The Royal celebrated his title "Prince of Wales" on March 5th in Buckingham Palace, which he has been holding for 50 and 61 years respectively this year. The reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth, 92, was attended by key members of the royal family and envoys from Welsh charities.

This is behind the title "Prince of Wales"

The title "Prince of Wales" has been bestowed on the number one of the British line of succession, the oldest descendant of the reigning monarch, since around the 13th century. "Prince of Wales" is not a hereditary title qua birth, but is awarded by the reigning monarch in a ceremony. After the Queen's death, Charles will presumably give the title to his eldest son, Prince William, and Prince William, after Charles's death, to Prince George.

To make the confusion perfect for the German audience: The "Prince of Wales" is translated as "Prince of Wales". But this is wrong. The correct translation should actually be: "Prince of Wales". Explanation: In English the word "Prince" stands for both "Prinz" and "F├╝rst". In the case of the "Prince of Wales" a prince is meant. However, this did not prevail in the German translation.

Pompous ceremony for Prince Charles, the "Prince of Wales"

Since February 6, 1952, the anniversary of King George VI's death. and the rise of Princess Elizabeth to Queen, Prince Charles is formally number one in line to the British throne. He was awarded the "Prince of Wales" on July 26, 1958. Since he was only nine years old at the time, the pompous appointment ceremony took place much later, on July 1, 1969. Place of the event: The courtyard of Caernarfon Castle, a ruined castle in Wales. The celebration with 4,000 invited guests was organized by Antony Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret's husband and thus the Queen's brother-in-law.

And so the appointment took place: The then Minister of Wales read aloud the "Letters Patent", the official document transferring the title, in Welsh, while the Queen presented Charles with five insignia: a sword, a crown, a ring, a gold staff and the royal cloak. The 20-year-old then made an oath by which he committed himself to his mother as a "feudal man" for life.

In an interview later, Charles said about the day: "Well, I feel like it's a very impressive ceremony. I know maybe some people would think it's pretty anachronistic and inappropriate in this world - which is maybe a little cynical - but I think it can mean a lot (...). "

The secret of Charles' crown

Just in time for the anniversary year, it is announced that the crown that the Queen put on her son has a secret. Not even the two royals should know anything about that ... But let's start at the beginning:

The Briton David Mason was 28 years old and a manager for chemical research when he received a one-off assignment in the spring of 1969: he was to produce the investiture crown for Prince Charles based on a design by the famous goldsmith Louis Osman. The special thing about it: Mason was supposed to use a new process, known as "Gold Electro Forming". "I thought he was kidding [Osman] at first. Although I warned him that the technology was still in its infancy, he insisted on doing it," Mason recalls in a recently published interview with the Daily Mail ".

Despite his doubts, Mason agreed - with success: he managed to manufacture the crown according to the wishes of his client. But then the catastrophe: The gold used was so soft that the crown fell apart during the last work steps.
A second crown was quickly made - except for one detail: a conspicuous ball that, attached to an arch, was supposed to sit enthroned over Charles' head. "I was thinking about how to do that," recalls Mason. "No one had ever succeeded in making a three-dimensional, electroformed object before." Then came the crucial moment that was supposed to free Mason from his predicament: "A few days before [the ceremony] I was watching a table tennis game on TV when it suddenly fell like scales from my eyes: a ping-pong ball! We're going to be one Electroplating ping pong balls. " Said and done. However, there was no way to remove the table tennis ball afterwards. And so Charles became the Prince of Wales with a table tennis ball on his head.

Interesting facts about Charles' investiture

  • 500 million viewers worldwide are said to have followed the ceremony on the screen, according to the "BBC".
  • 90,000 onlookers gathered in front of Caernarfon Castle.
  • The celebration was overshadowed by threats against Charles and atdesolate incident on the morning of July 1, 1969. Two Welsh nationalists had dropped a bomb near a railway line on which Charles was traveling on a special train. When it exploded too early, the two men were killed.

The most beautiful pictures of the ceremony Review: Here Charles becomes the "Prince of Wales"

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Sources used:Daily Mail, BBC, Buckingham Palace