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- Plautus, Roman Comic Poet (B.C. 254-184)

Political Rehab, Day 8: nothing like a royal wedding to take the mind of politics.

Prince Charles, the longest waiting heir apparent in British History

Just days before the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton (which will have an estimated 2 BILLION viewers on television) we get this interesting bit of historical info on the Prince’s father.

Prince Charles on Wednesday become the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having waited to take over from Queen Elizabeth II for 59 years, two months and 14 days. Charles has overtaken the record set by his great-great grandfather king Edward VII.

When you think about the fact that the history of the British monarchy spans back over 1,100 years, that’s pretty damn amazing. Obviously, life expectancy is higher now than ever, but still pretty amazing to think that this guy has been waiting to ascend to the throne longer than anyone in eleven centuries of British history.

You’ve heard it said, “It’s good to be king,” and yes, 59 years is a long, long time to wait. If the current queen lives to her mother Elizabeth’s age, then we’re talking 74 years in waiting to be the king, but I seriously wonder, how does Prince Charles’ life change in any way when he becomes King Charles?

Back in the day, there was absolute power to be inherited, but I would imagine now, not a whole lot will change when the prince becomes king and the lifestyle for the new king will be just as fabulous as it ever was.

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