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Issue Date: 14/11/2018
Issue Name: HRH Prince Charles 70th Birthday Stamp and Label Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On 14th November 2018, we celebrate the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Since leaving the Armed Forces, the Heir to the Throne has played a pivotal role as an ambassador for the Monarchy, the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and his extensive network of charities at home and abroad.
The extraodinary life and times of Prince Charles are celebrated in a new miniature sheet that wishes him a very happy 70th birthday. Our lovely cover features a single Prince Charles stamp (our choice of stamp) along with a stamp and label from our 2017 House of Windsor sheet (showing Prince Charles as a baby), and a 'His Royal Highness 70th Birthday Prince Charles', London SW1 postmark.
HRH The Prince of Wales 70th Birthday
The Prince of Wales, eldest son of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, was born at Buckingham Palace at 9.14pm on 14th November 1948. A proclamation was posted on the Palace railings just before midnight, announcing the birth of Charles Philip Arthur George. Prince Charles was only 3 when his mother ascended the throne in February 1952, and as heir apparent, took the titles of The Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
It was decided that The Prince should go to school rather than have a tutor, so The Prince started at Hill House in West London on 7th November 1956, later becoming a boarder at Cheam School in Berkshire. Whilst here, in 1958 at the age of 9, The Queen created him The Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. In April 1962 The Prince began his first term at his father’s old school, Gordonstoun in Eastern Scotland. Achieving six O Levels and A Levels in History and French, The Prince went to Cambridge University in 1967 to read archaeology and anthropology at Trinity College. He changed to history for the second part of his degree, and was awarded a 2:2 degree.
He was invested as Prince of Wales by The Queen on 1 July 1969 in a colourful ceremony at Caernarfon Castle and in 1970 took his seat in the House of Lords. In 1971 The Prince flew himself to RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, to train as a jet pilot, passing out in September that year to then embark on a naval career - following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and both his great-grandfathers. The Prince also qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974, joining 845 Naval Air Squadron and taking command of the coastal minehunter HMS Bronington in 1976 for his last nine months in the Navy.
On 29th July 1981, The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul’s Cathedral and together they had two sons: Prince William and Prince Harry. From the time of their marriage, The Prince and Princess of Wales went on overseas tours and carried out many engagements together in the UK until they separated in 1992, finally divorcing in 1996. Following Diana’s death in 1997, The Prince requested his sons be given the opportunity to lead normal lives. Princes William and Harry also accompanied their father on a limited number of official engagements in the UK and abroad.
On 9th April 2005, The Prince of Wales married HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in a civil ceremony at the Guildhall, Windsor followed by a Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
His Royal Highness has developed a wide range of interests which are today reflected in more than 400 organisations of which His Royal Highness is Patron or President. The Prince has interest in fields such as the built environment, global sustainability, youth opportunity - with the support of The Prince’s Trust, education and faith. The Prince has taken part in many different sports including racing, scuba diving and sailing. Up until November 2005 The Prince raised money for charity by playing polo before retiring from the game. An advocate of traditional rural skills, His Royal Highness also enjoys gardening, especially in his organic garden at Highgrove. The Prince is a very successful artist, a keen watercolourist since the 1970s, and paints whenever his schedule allows. Lithographs of his paintings have been sold with proceeds going to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, a grant-making body that supports a wide range of causes.
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