The huge moment Prince William will never experience as heir to the throne - and King Charles did

There's a moment Prince William will never experience that King Charles did during his time as Prince of Wales...

The moment Prince William will never experience explained. Seen here alongside King Charles at separate occasions
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There’s a huge moment Prince William will never experience as heir to the British throne, but King Charles did.

With King Charles’ coronation day drawing nearer anticipation is mounting as more and more details have been confirmed for this national occasion. Although the royal attendees haven’t been officially announced, plenty of members of the immediate and extended Royal Family are expected to be there - including the Prince and Princess of Wales. 

For this significant event, Prince William’s coronation crown could be worn for the first time since he took on his new title last year. But despite being heir to the throne, there’s a huge moment Prince William will never experience as Prince of Wales - and King Charles did. 

Prince William, Prince of Wales visits Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre during his visit to Wales

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Prince William is now second in the royal line of succession and became Prince of Wales in September last year, but he hasn’t been officially invested as Prince of Wales. In contrast, King Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in a ceremony that was broadcast live in July 1969. Attended by 4,000 guests, as per the BBC, the ceremony came after he was created Prince of Wales by the Queen at nine years old and it attracted some political controversy. 

During the investiture event the Queen officially gave her eldest child the symbols of this title at Caernarfon Castle in Wales. Queen Elizabeth passed him the sword, ring, rod and mantle of the Prince of Wales, as well as the coronet which Prince William could wear for the coronation in May. 

Prince Charles places his hands between those of Queen Elizabeth and does homage for the principality of Wales

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King Charles’ investiture ceremony apparently mirrored one held for King Edward VIII in 1911. Given that the two most recent Princes of Wales have been invested at Caernarfon Castle some might have initially expected Prince William to be invested as Prince of Wales too. 

However, according to the BBC, Kensington Palace declared last year that an investiture is “not on the table” for Prince William at all. This could potentially be a decision made in consideration of the controversy and polarization of opinions in Wales that surrounded King Charles’ ceremony. 

In the months since becoming Prince of Wales, Prince William has showcased his dedication to his new role, just as King Charles did before him. He recently referenced his journey to learn the language during a trip to Wales ahead of St David’s Day 2023, saying he was “working on” it.

Prince William, Prince of Wales leaves St Thomas Church

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Whilst last year, the Reverend Steven Bunting alleged to People that the future King discussed learning phrases at a visit in Swansea. 

“He talked about learning Welsh and shared some Welsh phrases he's trying to do," Steven claimed, suggesting that “paned” [a cup] and “bara brith” [a Welsh traditional bread] were amongst them. 

Although an official Prince of Wales investiture ceremony is a major moment Prince William will never experience, he certainly seems to be wholeheartedly embracing his significant new role.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!