Monday, 14 November 2016

Fun Facts About Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles: I'm so cool, I'm going to be King one day.

On This Day In History, November 14th, in 1948, Prince Charles was born.
Or to give him his full official title: His Royal Highness, Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
Wowser, that's a mouthful.
Which, as it happens, was what Camilla, his current wife, said on their wedding night.
And, to her astonishment, and as the rumour-mill in the Palace has it as fact, the Prince of Wales sleeps in the nude. Imagine that: Prince Charles, sleeping nekkid, with nekkid Camilla.
Stop imagining that, you bunch of sick perverts.
Prince Charles is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. As such, he is also the heir apparent to the British throne. Yep, he'll be Kingy one day, assuming his mother doesn't outlive him. Which is actually more likely now. She's like the Duracell battery.
Prince Charles became the heir apparent after the death of his grandfather, King George VI. And is now the longest serving heir apparent in British history. Poor thing. Always a bridesmaid, never the bride.
He became the 21st Prince of Wales when he was invested as the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle, Wales, in July 1969.
In 1980, Prince Charles wrote and had published a children's book called The Old Man of Lochnager. It was originally written for his younger brother, Prince Edward, the useless one.
It's difficult being a Prince, especially when your father is Prince Philip. He's a real nut-buster. And not the easiest of people to get along with.
Prince Charles was said, and still is, to be scared Shih-tzu of his father. In fact, the Prince of Wales has only ever stood up to his father once.
Back a few years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the father and son were arguing. Prince Charles shouted, "Remember who you are speaking to: a future King!"
Now that, by any standards, is the perfect come-back.
Prince Charles then quickly added, "So sorry, please don't have me assassinated like you did to my first wife."
After finishing school and earning a degree at Cambridge University, and becoming the first member of the Royal family to earn a degree, he joined the RAF (Royal Air Force) in March, 1971.
In August of the same year he earned his wings. Although at that point he already had a Private Pilot's Licence.
Not content with graduating from the RAF College at Cranwell, Prince Charles joined the Navy as a sub-lieutenant, attending the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
One of his first assignments was aboard HMS Norfolk, a guided-missile destroyer.
"Don't order me to do stuff, I'm going to be Kingy one day."
Fed up with that, in October 1974, he took up flying again and trained and qualified as a helicopter pilot.
Two years later, he took command of HMS Bronington, a coastal Minehunter. And later that year, after a quick spin around the block, he left the Navy. Although he does now hold the rank of Admiral.
Actually, since 2009, Prince Charles holds the second highest ranks in all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces.
And on June 17th, 2012, the Queen awarded Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, an honorary five-star rank in all three branches of the British Armed Forces. He is Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy, Field Marshal in the British Army, and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
When he left the Navy in 1976, he was given a severance pay of £7,400. Instead of heading down the local strip club to flutter away those pound notes on some exotic dancers, Prince Charles used it to set up the Prince's Trust.
It is now a hugely successful and extremely helpful charity. Since it started, The Prince's Trust has helped over half a million unemployed young people attain the skills they need to find work.

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