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Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest son of Elizabeth II. He has been Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, and he is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history.

He is also the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held that title since 1958. Charles was born at Buckingham Palace as the first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. He was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. Charles also spent a year at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia.

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King Charles’ sweet hidden messages to the Queen in emotional first speech

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King Charles made his first official speech as monarch as he addressed the nation on Friday 9 September a day after his mother's death.

During the speech, made from Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room, there were many nods from the King to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.The King spoke from the antique polished desk in the grand state room where the Queen would sometimes film her Christmas broadcasts.To the King’s left was a framed photograph of his late mother the Queen, smiling broadly and wearing a vivid blue coat and matching hat decorated with a red flower.

And on the right, delicate white sweet peas set with sprigs of rosemary – the herb a traditional symbol of remembrance – were placed in memory of Elizabeth II.The posy stood in a small silver vase at the base of which were several small silver playful-looking corgis.The ornament was used by the Queen when she used to sit at the very same desk.

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