How Prince Charles Broke a 115-Year-Old Royal Family Record

This record was held for well over ten decades and it took Prince Charles close to sixty years to finally break it. And now, he’s made royal history.

Prince Charles visits The Prince's Foundation for Children and the ArtsPhoto: Twocoms/Shutterstock

The Impressive Record-Breaking of Prince Charles

Prince Charles is the next man up to the throne of the United Kingdom. Until the day he takes the crown, he remains in the same title which he has had since age 20, the Prince of Wales. And late in 2017, he made history, setting a record which no Prince of Wales before him had ever achieved. (This is how much each person in the British royal family is actually worth.)

On Sept. 12, 2017, Prince Charles became the longest serving Prince of Wales of all time, having served 59 years, one month, and 15 days on the job. The 68-year-old Prince took the title from Edward VII, who would come to reign as King of the United Kingdom from 1901 to 1910. Edward was followed by King George VI, then briefly by King Edward VIII, then King George VI, and finally, by the current sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.

When Prince Charles eventually takes the throne, he is set to take another royal record—the oldest king in English history. The title of Prince of Wales is traditionally given to the oldest son of the current monarch, and Charles is the 21st owner of the title in the kingdom’s history.

Prince Charles already took the title of least liked member of the royal family (in large part because of what really happened between him and Princess Diana), so this new title might come as quite a comfort.

Here’s How Much the British Royal Family Spent on Travel in 2017.

Popular Videos

Reader's Digest
Originally Published on Reader's Digest