His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales officially became the oldest male heir in British history today, surpassing the record of King William IV who acceded to the throne in 1830 after his brother, George IV died without any children.
Prince Charles already holds the records for being the oldest and third longest serving Prince of Wales (since it became the title of the heir apparent) and also the longest-serving heir to the throne in British history.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales’s mother, is already the oldest Monarch in British history and looks to still be going strong at the age of 87, well in line to overtake Queen Victoria in 2015 to become the longest reigning Monarch ever in British history. Her Majesty is currently the second longest reigning living Monarch after the King of Thailand.
The Prince of Wales has expressed on numerous occasions his worry of ‘time running out’ to make a difference. Many believe it could still be many years before he comes to the throne because of his mother’s excellent health.
Prince Charles isn’t the only current member of the Royal Family to have broken several records of longevity.
One day, Prince Charles will become King of the United Kingdom – though this seems set not to happen for many years to come yet.
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Yes, Charles is surpassing William IV… but Sophia of Hanover is technically still the “oldest heir”.
Well, there is a problem with the reading of this milestone, Charles is becoming to be the oldest British monarch by age of ascension but if he doesn’t ascent, this milestone is useless because you’re right, Sophia is the Oldest Heiress (She has the record at the age of 83)
Well, no – Prince Charles is now oldest heir in British History – not only did Sophia of Hanover not accede to the throne but she was only ever heiress presumptive. Even if you discount that, we did say ‘British’ history.
And if Charles doesn’t accede? “Heir” doesn’t equal “ascendant”.
And, yes, Charles is now the oldest heir ~apparent~… But an heir-presumptive is still an “heir”. (And it’s not as if Anne was going to be having any children, anyhow.)
On that basis, you’d rule out William IV as well, as he was only heir presumptive as theoretically, George IV could have remarried and fathered another heir.
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