History Rewind: The Prince of Wales’s Investiture at Caernarfon Castle

1 July 2014 - 12:27am
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On 1 July 1969 a 20-year-old Prince Charles stated: “I, Charles, Prince of Wales, do become your liege man of life and limb and of earthly worship and faith and truth I will bear unto you to live and die against all manner of folks.”

The investiture of the Prince of Wales took place at Caernarfon Castle in front of 4,000 guests inside the castle walls, and thousands gathered in the dry moat and outside of the castle. Millions throughout the world watch as the young Prince became invested as the Prince of Wales.

Her Majesty created Charles Prince of Wales when he was nine years old. The Queen decided, however, to wait until The Prince was old enough to understand the real significance of his title.

In the months leading up to the investiture, Charles studied Welsh language and history at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. His studies allowed the Prince to reply during the investiture in both Welsh and English.


“It is with a certain sense of pride and emotion that I have received these symbols of office, here in this magnificent fortress, where no one could fail to be stirred by its atmosphere of time-worn grandeur, nor where I myself could be unaware of the long history of Wales and its determination to remain individual and to guard its own particular heritage – a heritage that dates back into the mists of ancient British history, that has produced many brave men, princes, poets, bards, scholars, and, more recently, great singers, a very memorable ‘Goon’, and eminent film stars. All these people have been inspired in some way by this heritage,” The newly invested Prince of Wales said during part of his speech.

Following a brief religious ceremony in both English and Welsh, Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh escorted Charles to Queen Eleanor’s Gate, which looks out over the Castle Square. The Prince of Wales was formally presented to the cheering crowds below.

Royal Family members present for the investiture included The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Richard of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra and the Hon Angus Ogilvy.

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