In Wales, final preparations are under a way for the Investiture of Prince Charles, Heir-Apparent to the British Throne, as Prince of Wales next Tuesday (July 1).
In Wales, final preparations are under a way for the Investiture of Prince Charles, Heir-Apparent to the British Throne, as Prince of Wales next Tuesday (July 1). As workmen complete building and painting jobs at Caernarvon Castle, troopers of the Household Cavalry arrive by rail from London.
Though the title goes back to the Middle Ages as the style for the heir to the throne, Tuesday's investiture will only be the second occasion on which the Prince has been actually inducted into the role. The first investiture was held in 1911 for Prince Charles' Great-Uncle, later Kind Edward VIII, and now the Duke of Windsor.
Prince Charles has been studying the Welsh language at the University College in preparation for the ceremony, which requires him to speak Welsh.
The ceremony itself, held beneath the walls of the ancient castle of Caernarvon, will be an exposition in pomp and circumstance. The gleaming armour and gallant plumes of the Household Cavalry will be part of the colour as will the Welsh banners of green and white and white defaced with the Red Dragon; the three feathers of the Prince of Wales; and the British Royal Coat of Arms.
No less important than the background colour is the regalia of the Prince, part of which dates from the 1911 Investiture, and part of which is new. The Coronet the Prince will wear was completed only last week, and went on public display for the first time today. It cost about GBP20,000 (46,000 dollars) and took three months to make.