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.
And in releasing the plans for her 70th year on the throne, royal insiders say she’s sending a clear message to her son, Prince Charles, who is keen to take over the thrown next year.
At 72, Charles is the world’s longest-serving King-in-waiting, and sources have said he was hoping his mother would step aside and let him reign before he himself is too elderly.