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The Prince of Wales to donate state pension to charity

As he becomes a pensioner this Thursday, Prince Charles will donate his weekly pension to charity.

As he becomes a pensioner this Thursday, Prince Charles will donate his weekly pension to charity.

One can assume that the pensioner years of Prince Charles will not be like others who turn 65 this year. The Prince is in a unique situation and plans on using his position once again to assist others.

So on Thursday, Charles will participate in the tradition that everyone who turns 65 partakes in: claiming his state pension.

“Clarence House has confirmed that Prince Charles has completed the necessary claim forms and from 14 November will claim his statutory entitlement of up to £110.15 per week,” According to an article in The Guardian.

Now before one thinks that Charles is going to go to his local bank and withdraw his pension money, he has stated that he plans to donate the money to charity. Although the specific charity has yet to be named, he is likely to focus on one supporting the country’s elders.

Charles is now eligible to benefit from a pension from having contributed taxes during his time in the Navy. He has also paid supplementary funds after he left the Navy in 1976.

How much Charles will earn has not been established as of yet. The full amount of pay to a pensioner is contingent upon “those who have contributed for 30 years or more.”

There is no word on if the Duchess of Cornwall is claiming her pension at this time. Age rules are different for women at the moment. “Women are currently entitled to a state pension from the age of 61 years and eight months, an age which is gradually being increased.”

Charles will spend part of his 65th birthday travelling to Sri Lanka for the CHOGM. The Royal couple has spent the last nine days touring India.

Hosting as Her Majesty’s representative for the meeting, this will be the first time he is deputised to represent the Queen on her behalf in an official state function.

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