After celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, many royal watchers have turned their attention to the future of the crown, and all the changes that will come with the passing of the torch. Prince CharlesHe currently holds the title Prince of Wales. However, once he becomes King, the title will pass to another bearer. Prince William, as his father’s heir, stands to inherit the historic title, as well as its fascinating history.
Who is Prince Of Wales? And why?
Prince Charles’ time on the throne is drawing closer, which means that a wave of changes will soon begin to affect his son Prince Williams’ life. Queen Elizabeth has long indicated that she intends to rule until her death, so unless her mind changes in a very significant fashion she won’t be abdicating the throne in order for her firstborn to rule any time soon.
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Despite some health problems over the past year, such as mobility issues, that forced her to withdraw from several high-profile events, the queen is still in remarkable good health for her age. Still, after so much attention was given to the glories of the past, people can’t help but look toward the future, and that is undeniably where William comes in.
Prince William To Take Over Father’s Title
Prince William will ascend the throne with his father and, possibly but not necessarily, become King Charles. The second-in-line to the throne will take up one of his father’s major titles, Prince of Wales, as is tradition. The title of Prince of Wales is only allowed to the heir apparent.
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Since 1301, the title has been used by King Edward I, who conquered Wales and executed David III, its last native prince. He then gave it to his son. The title ends when the Prince of Wales becomes King and the monarch transfers it to his first-born son or heir.
Who’s Next After William?
While the rules of succession have changed over the years, going by age and not gender, Prince William’s son Prince George will inherit the historical title. George’s younger sister, Princess Charlotte, is currently fourth in line for the throne and has a historical title of her own that she’s set to inherit.
No, she’ll never follow in her grandmother Princess Diana’s footsteps and become the Princess of Wales, barring the unspeakable. Instead, she’ll be taking a page from her great aunt Princess Anne’s book and will likely carry the title of Princess Royal. Although the future is full of changes, it will be fascinating to see how each generation reacts to them.