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The Queen with the newly invested Prince of Wales, Caernarvon Castle

1 Jul 1969

RCIN 2943911

Prince Charles is the 21st English Prince of Wales. The first was Edward II, born in 1284, and formally created Prince of Wales by his father Edward I in 1301. The Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, was created Prince of Wales on 26 July 1958, aged nine, when The Queen announced: ‘I intend to create my son, Charles, Prince of Wales, today. When he is grown up I will present him to you at Caernarvon.’ On 1 July 1969 the formal investiture took place, during which the Prince pledged his allegiance to the people of Wales: ‘I, Charles, Prince of Wales, do become your liege man of life and limb.’

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