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PRINCE OF WALES (Welsh : Tywysog Cymru) was a title granted to princes born in Wales
from the 12th century onwards; the term replaced the use of the word king. One of the last Welsh princes , Llywelyn ap Gruffudd , was killed in battle in 1282 by Edward I, King of England , whose son Edward, born in Caernarfon Castle , was invested as Prince of Wales: the first English person to claim the title.

Since the 13th century, the title is granted to the heir apparent to the English or British monarch , but the failure to be granted the title does not affect the rights to royal succession . The title is granted to the royal heir apparent as a personal honour or dignity, and the title is not heritable, merging with the Crown on accession to the throne. The title Earl of Chester is always given in conjunction with that of Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales
usually has other titles and honours.

The current Prince of Wales
is Prince Charles , the eldest son of Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
, who is Queen of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and 15 other independent Commonwealth realms as well as Head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
. The wife of the Prince of Wales
is entitled to the title Princess of Wales . Prince Charles's first wife, Diana , used that title but his second wife, Camilla , uses only the title Duchess of Cornwall
Duchess of Cornwall
(or of Rothesay when in Scotland
) because the other title has become so popularly associated with Diana.


* 1 Roles and responsibilities

* 2 History

* 2.1 Welsh usage * 2.2 As title of heir apparent

* 3 Heraldic insignia and investiture

* 3.1 Insignia * 3.2 Investiture

* 4 Other titles * 5 Heir apparent versus heir presumptive

* 6 List of Princes of Wales

* 6.1 Prince of Wales
as independent title * 6.2 Prince of Wales
as title of English or British heir apparent

* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links


The Prince of Wales
is the heir apparent of the monarch of the United Kingdom. No formal public role or responsibility has been legislated by Parliament or otherwise delegated to him by law or custom, either as heir apparent or as Prince of Wales.

The current Prince now often assists the Queen in the performance of her duties, for example, representing the Queen when welcoming dignitaries to London and attending State dinners during State visits. He has also represented the Queen and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
overseas at state and ceremonial occasions such as state funerals.


The full armorial achievement of Charles, Prince of Wales (since 1958)


For most of the post-Roman period, Wales
was divided into several smaller states. Before the Norman conquest of England
Norman conquest of England
, the most powerful Welsh ruler at any given time was generally known as King of the Britons . In the 12th and 13th centuries, this title evolved into Prince of Wales
(see Brut y Tywysogion ). In Latin
, the new title was Princeps Walliae, and in Welsh it was Tywysog Cymru. The literal translation of Tywysog is "leader". (The verb tywys means "to lead".)

Only a handful of native princes had their claim to the overlordship of Wales
recognised by the English Crown. The first known to have used such a title was Owain Gwynedd
Owain Gwynedd
, adopting the title Prince of the Welsh around 1165 after earlier using rex Waliae ("King of Wales"). His grandson Llywelyn the Great is not known to have used the title "Prince of Wales" as such, although his use, from around 1230, of the style "Prince of Aberffraw, Lord of Snowdon" was tantamount to a proclamation of authority over most of Wales, and he did use the title "Prince of North Wales" as did his predecessor Dafydd ab Owain Gwynedd .

In 1240, the title was theoretically inherited by his son Dafydd ap Llywelyn , though he is not known to have used it. Instead he styled himself as "Prince of Wales" around 1244, the first Welsh prince to do so. In 1246, his nephew Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
succeeded to the throne of Gwynedd, and used the style as early as 1258. In 1267, with the signing of the Treaty of Montgomery , he was recognised by both King Henry III of England and the representative of the Papacy as Prince of Wales. In 1282, Llywelyn was killed during Edward I of England
Edward I of England
's invasion of Wales
and although his brother Dafydd ap Gruffudd succeeded to the Welsh princeship, issuing documents as prince, his principality was not recognised by the English Crown.

Three Welshmen, however, claimed the title of Prince of Wales
after 1283.

The first was Madog ap Llywelyn , a member of the house of Gwynedd , who led a nationwide revolt in 1294-5, defeating English forces in battle near Denbigh and seizing Caernarfon Castle . His revolt was suppressed, however, after the Battle of Maes Moydog in March 1295, and the prince was imprisoned in London.

In the 1370s, Owain Lawgoch , an English-born descendant of one of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd's brothers, claimed the title of Prince of Wales, but was assassinated in France in 1378 before he could return to Wales to claim his inheritance.

It is Owain Glyndŵr , however, whom many Welsh people
Welsh people
regard as being the last native Prince. On 16 September 1400, he was proclaimed Prince of Wales
by his supporters, and held parliaments at Harlech Castle and elsewhere during his revolt, which encompassed all of Wales. It was not until 1409 that his revolt in quest of Welsh independence was suppressed by Henry IV .


The tradition of conferring the title "Prince of Wales" on the heir apparent of the monarch is usually considered to have begun in 1301, when King Edward I of England
Edward I of England
invested his son Edward of Caernarfon with the title at a Parliament held in Lincoln. According to legend, the king had promised the Welsh that he would name "a prince born in Wales, who did not speak a word of English" and then produced his infant son, who had been born at Caernarfon
, to their surprise. However, the story may well be apocryphal , as it can only be traced to the 16th century, and, in the time of Edward I, the English aristocracy spoke Norman French , not English (some versions of the legend include lack of knowledge in both languages as a requirement, and one reported version has the very specific phrase "born on Welsh soil and speaking no other language").

William Camden
William Camden
wrote in his 1607 work Britannia that originally the title "Prince of Wales" was not conferred automatically upon the eldest living son of the King of England because Edward II (who had been the first English Prince of Wales) neglected to invest his eldest son, the future Edward III, with that title. It was Edward III who revived the practice of naming the eldest son Prince of Wales, which was then maintained by his successors:

But King Edward the Second conferred not upon his sonne Edward the title of Prince of Wales, but onely the name of Earle of Chester
and of Flint, so farre as ever I could learne out of the Records, and by that title summoned him to Parliament, being then nine yeres old. King Edward the Third first created his eldest sonne Edward surnamed the Blacke Prince, the Mirour of Chivalrie (being then Duke of Cornwall and Earle of Chester), Prince of Wales
by solemne investure, with a cap of estate and Coronet set on his head, a gold ring put upon his finger, and a silver vierge delivered into his hand, with the assent of Parliament.

Nevertheless, according to conventional wisdom, since 1301 the Prince of Wales
has usually been the eldest living son (if and only if he is also the heir apparent) of the King or Queen Regnant of England (subsequently of Great Britain, 1707, and of the United Kingdom, 1801). That he is also the heir apparent is important. Following the death of Prince Arthur, the Prince of Wales, Henry VII invested his second son, the future Henry VIII, with the title—although only after it was clear that Arthur's wife, Catherine of Aragon , was not pregnant; when Frederick, Prince of Wales
died while his father reigned, George II created Frederick's son George (the king's grandson and new heir apparent) Prince of Wales. The title is not automatic and is not heritable; it merges into the Crown when a prince accedes to the throne, or lapses on his death leaving the sovereign free to re-grant it to the new heir apparent (such as the late prince's son or brother). Prince Charles was created Prince of Wales
on 26 July 1958, some six years after he became heir apparent, and had to wait another 11 years for his investiture, on 1 July 1969.

The title Prince of Wales
is nowadays always conferred along with the Earldom of Chester
. The convention began in 1399; all previous Princes of Wales
also received the earldom, but separately from the title of Prince. Indeed, before 1272 a hereditary and not necessarily royal Earldom of Chester
had already been created several times, eventually merging in the Crown each time. The earldom was recreated, merging in the Crown in 1307 and again in 1327. Its creations since have been associated with the creations of the Prince of Wales.

On 31 October 1460, Richard of York was briefly created Prince of Wales
and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall
Duke of Cornwall
and Lord Protector of England by an Act of Parliament following the Act of Accord
Act of Accord
, as part of his arrangement to succeed Henry VI as king instead of Henry's own son. However Richard was killed in battle soon afterwards.



For theories about the origin of the ostrich feather badge and motto, see Prince of Wales\'s feathers . The "Prince of Wales\'s Feathers" . This Heraldic badge
Heraldic badge
of the Heir Apparent is derived from the ostrich feathers borne by Edward, the Black Prince
Edward, the Black Prince
. The German motto "Ich dien" means "I serve".

As heir apparent to the reigning sovereign, the Prince of Wales
bears the Royal Arms differenced by a white label of three points. To represent Wales
he bears the Coat of Arms of the Principality of Wales , crowned with the heir-apparent's crown, on an inescutcheon-en-surtout . This was first used by the future King Edward VIII
Edward VIII
in 1910, and followed by the current Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.

He has a badge of three ostrich feathers (which can be seen on the reverse of the previous design for decimal British two pence coins dated up to 2008); it dates back to the Black Prince and is his as the English heir even before he is made Prince of Wales.

In addition to these symbols used most frequently, he has a special standard for use in Wales
itself. Moreover, as Duke of Rothesay he has a special coat of arms for use in Scotland
(and a corresponding standard); as Duke of Cornwall
Duke of Cornwall
the like for use in the Duchy of Cornwall. Representations of all three may be found at List of British flags .


See also: Investiture of the Prince of Wales
Many Welsh nationalists were opposed to the investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon
Castle. A large protest was organised in the town in the months before the Investiture.

Princes of Wales
may be invested , but investiture is not necessary to be created Prince of Wales. Peers were also invested, but investitures for peers ceased in 1621, during a time when peerages were being created so frequently that the investiture ceremony became cumbersome and was replaced with Introduction . Most investitures for Princes of Wales
were held in front of Parliament.

After falling into abeyance, the 20th century saw the practice of investing the Prince of Wales
reintroduced. In 1911, the future Edward VIII underwent an investiture ceremony in Caernarfon Castle in Wales at the instigation of the Welsh politician David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George
. Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
's heir, the present Prince of Wales, was also invested there and underwent a similar ceremony in 1969.

In the ceremony (in its most recent form), during the reading of the letters patent creating the dignity, the Honours of the Principality of Wales
are delivered to the prince.

The coronet of the heir apparent bears four crosses pattée alternating with four fleurs-de-lis , surmounted by a single arch (the Sovereign's crowns are of the same design, but use two arches). A gold rod is also used in the insignia; gold rods were formally used in the investitures of dukes, but survive now in the investitures of Princes of Wales
only. Also part of the insignia are a ring, a sword and a robe.


Since 1301 the title Earl of Chester has generally been granted to heirs apparent to the English throne, and from the late 14th century it has been given only in conjunction with that of Prince of Wales. Both titles must be created for each individual and are not automatically acquired. The Earldom of Chester
was one of the most powerful earldoms in medieval England extending principally over the counties of Cheshire
and Flintshire

A Prince of Wales
also holds a number of additional titles. As heir apparent to the English/British throne he is—if the eldest living son of the monarch— Duke of Cornwall
Duke of Cornwall
. As heir apparent to the Scottish throne he is Duke of Rothesay , Earl of Carrick , Baron of Renfrew , Lord of the Isles , and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland .

Individual princes have also held additional titles, which were theirs prior to becoming Prince of Wales. Before ascending the throne Henry VIII
Henry VIII
, Charles I and George V
George V
were each Duke of York
Duke of York
. Prior to his father inheriting the English throne in 1603, the future Charles I was created Duke of Albany
Duke of Albany
and Earl of Ross in Scotland. Both Prince Frederick (eldest son of George II) and his son Prince George (later George III) were Duke of Edinburgh .


The title Prince of Wales
is given only to the heir apparent—somebody who cannot be displaced in the succession to the throne by any future birth. The succession had followed male-preference primogeniture , which meant that the heir apparent was the eldest son of the reigning monarch or, if he was deceased, his eldest son and so on, or if the monarch's eldest son had died without issue, the monarch's second eldest son, etc. As such, a daughter of the sovereign who was next in line to the throne was never the heir apparent because she would be displaced in the succession by any future legitimate son of the sovereign.

Along with the other Commonwealth realms , the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
in 2011 committed to the Perth Agreement , which proposed changes to the laws governing succession, including altering the primogeniture to absolute cognatic . The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 was introduced to the British parliament on 12 December 2012, published the next day, and received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013. It was brought into force on 26 March 2015, at the same time as the other realms implemented the Perth Agreement in their own laws. No woman has yet held the title Princess of Wales in her own right.

Since the title of Prince of Wales
is not automatic, there have been times when it was held by no one. There was no heir apparent during the reign of King George VI
George VI
, who had no sons. Princess Elizabeth was heiress presumptive and was hence not titled Princess of Wales. There was also no Prince of Wales
for the first several years of the reign of Elizabeth II. Prince Charles was not named Prince of Wales
until 1958, when he was nine years old.

The title of Princess of Wales has always been held by the Prince's wife in her capacity as spouse of the heir apparent and therefore future queen consort . The current Princess of Wales is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Duchess of Cornwall
, who automatically assumed the title upon her legal marriage to Prince Charles. Camilla however has chosen not to be publicly known by the title due to its association with her predecessor, Diana .



Also, Prince of Gwynedd and of Aberffraw , Lord of Snowdon


Dafydd ap Llywelyn son of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth c. April 1212 11 April 1240; first documented use in 1244 25 February 1246

Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
N/A son of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn c.1223 Succeeded Dafydd in 1246 as prince of Gwynedd; used title "prince of Wales" from 1258; recognised by Henry III 29 September 1267 11 December 1282 killed in battle

Dafydd ap Gruffydd brother of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
c.1238 11 December 1282 3 October 1283 executed at Shrewsbury



Edward of Caernarfon
Edward I 25 April 1284 19 August 1284 7 February 1301 7 July 1307 acceded to throne as EDWARD II 21 September 1327

Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince Edward III 15 June 1330 12 May 1343 8 June 1376 deceased

Richard of Bordeaux 6 January 1367 8 June 1376 20 November 1376 22 June 1377 acceded to throne as RICHARD II 14 February 1400

Henry of Monmouth Henry IV 16 September 1387 30 September 1399 15 October 1399 21 March 1413 acceded to throne as HENRY V 31 August 1422

Richard of York Henry VI 21 September 1411 25 October 1460 31 October 1460 30 December 1460 deceased

Edward of Westminster 13 October 1453 15 March 1454 11 April 1471 father deposed 4 May 1471

Edward of York Edward IV 4 November 1470 11 April 1471 26 June 1471 9 April 1483 acceded to throne as EDWARD V 1483?

Edward of Middleham Richard III 1473 26 June 1483 24 August 1483 31 March or 9 April 1484 deceased

Arthur Tudor Henry VII 20 September 1486 29 November 1489 2 April 1502 deceased

Henry Tudor 28 June 1491 2 April 1502 18 February 1504 21 April 1509 acceded to throne as HENRY VIII 28 January 1547

Edward Tudor Henry VIII
Henry VIII
12 October 1537 – 28 January 1547 acceded to throne as EDWARD VI 6 July 1553

Henry Frederick Stuart James I 19 February 1594 24 March 1603 4 June 1610 6 November 1612 deceased

Charles Stuart 19 November 1600 6 November 1612 4 November 1616 27 March 1625 acceded to throne as CHARLES I 30 January 1649

Charles Stuart Charles I 29 May 1630 declared c. 1638–1641 30 January 1649 title abolished; later (1660) acceded to throne as CHARLES II 6 February 1685

James Francis Edward Stuart James II 10 June 1688 c. 4 July 1688 11 December 1688 father deposed 1 January 1766

George Augustus George I 10 November 1683 1 August 1714 27 September 1714 11 June 1727 acceded to throne as GEORGE II 25 October 1760

Frederick Louis George II 1 February 1707 11 June 1727 8 January 1729 31 March 1751 deceased

George William Frederick 4 June 1738 31 March 1751 20 April 1751 25 October 1760 acceded to throne as GEORGE III 29 January 1820

George Augustus Frederick George III 12 August 1762 19 August 1762 29 January 1820 acceded to throne as GEORGE IV 26 June 1830

Albert Edward Victoria 9 November 1841 8 December 1841 22 January 1901 acceded to throne as EDWARD VII 6 May 1910

George Frederick Ernest Albert Edward VII
Edward VII
3 June 1865 22 January 1901 9 November 1901 6 May 1910 acceded to throne as GEORGE V 20 January 1936

Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David George V
George V
23 June 1894 6 May 1910 23 June 1911 20 January 1936 acceded to throne as EDWARD VIII; later (1937) Duke of Windsor
Duke of Windsor
28 May 1972

Charles Philip Arthur George Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
14 November 1948 6 February 1952 26 July 1958 Incumbent

The longest-serving Prince of Wales
was Albert Edward, later Edward VII, who served for 59 years, 1 month and 14 days. Charles Philip Arthur George, the longest-serving heir apparent and current Prince of Wales, will surpass this record if he remains the Prince of Wales until 9 September 2017.


* Treaty of Montgomery * List of rulers of Wales
* Kings of the Britons * List of heirs to the English throne * List of heirs to the British throne * Prince\'s Consent * Ships of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
named HMS Prince of Wales
. * House of Aberffraw


* ^ Macdonald, Ken (18 January 2017). " Duchess of Rothesay
Duchess of Rothesay
opens Rowett research building in Aberdeen". BBC News. * ^ "The Prince of