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.
WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II's life in picturesThough Charles is the longest serving heir apparent in British royal history, he’s considered less popular than his son William.This is due to his divorce from the widely beloved Princess Diana, his affair with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and a string of unpopular comments about his love life in the ‘80s and ‘90s.Though those times are long in the past, some royal fans have called for Charles to abdicate in favour of making his eldest son William the king.Not only is William younger and more popular, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is also considered by some to be a more favourable choice for Queen Consort than Camilla.Not only is William younger and more popular, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is also considered a more favourable choice.So will Charles give up the crown to make William king?
It’s highly unlikely.Charles began using the title of king immediately after his mother’s death, releasing a heartbroken statement as King Charles in the hours after she died.For him to pass the crown to William instead, he’d have to formally abdicate as King Edward did in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson.Charles has no good reason to abdicate in favour of William, as his son will also be king in the fullness of time.Charles has no good reason to abdicate in favour of William, as his son will also be king in the fullness of time.The Queen also made sure her son would be the next king back in 2018, when she formally asked Commonwealth Heads of Government to appoint Charles as her successor of the association of Britain and its former colonies.She reiterated her desire for her son to succeed her in February 2022, when announcing her plans for Camilla to be Queen Consort at.Read more on who.com.au