Tim Rooke REX/ShutterstockPrince Charles is the next man up (to the throne of the United Kingdom). Until the day he takes the crown, he remains in the same title which he has had since age 20, the Prince of Wales. (Wales also happens to be William and Harry’s last name for the purposes of records). And this week, Prince Charles made history, setting a record which no Prince of Wales before him has ever achieved.
As of September 12th, Prince Charles will become the longest serving Prince of Wales of all time, having served 59 years, one month, and 15 days on the job. The 68-year-old Prince takes the title-related title from Edward VII, who would come to reign as King of the United Kingdom from 1901 to 1910. Edward was followed by King George VI, then briefly by King Edward VIII, then King George VI, and finally, by the current sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.
When Prince Charles eventually takes the throne, he is set to take another royal record—the oldest king in English history. The title of Prince of Wales is traditionally given to the oldest son of the current monarch, and Charles is the 21st owner of the title in the kingdom’s history.
Prince Charles already took the title of least liked member of the royal family a few weeks ago (in large part because of what really happened between him and Princess Diana), so this new title might come as quite a comfort.