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Prince Charles, (Charles Philip Arthur George)  The Prince of Wales, KG KT GCB OM AK QSO CD SOM GCL PC AdC(P) FRS was born on 14 November 1948.

As the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, he  is the heir apparent to sixteen Realms including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Since 1958, his principal title has been HRH The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay. Prince Charles was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun Schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. He spent two terms at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar in Australia.

On being awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, Prince Charles served with the Royal Navy from  1971 to 76. He married Lady Diana Spencer before an enormous worldwide television audience in 1981. They had two sons, Prince William of Wales in 1982 and Prince Harry of Wales in 1984. The marriage was dissolved in in 1996.

Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

In 2005,  the Prince married Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Apart from his education in 1967, Prince Charles has often been in Australia, in particular in
 1970, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1994 1996 and  2005



..remarkable charity work...




 The prince is well-known for his charity work and sponsors The Prince's Trust, The Prince's Regeneration Trust, and the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, among other charities.

ACM has long been indicating something newsworthy not much mentioned in the media - in a typical year he raises around  one quarter of a billion dollars (A$1 billion) for charity.

He has been outspoken concerning architecture and the conservation of old buildings and has produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain (1989). He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.
 

"In Praise of The Prince of Wales" - Part 1 - Who is Prince Charles? Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 02 December 2012

In his address, "In praise of the Prince of Wales", Professor Flint says one particular fact tells us what sort of man the Prince is.

In 2008, at a time in his life when most people would be  looking forward to their  retirement, the Prince threw himself into his work and raised the sterling equivalent of one quarter of $1 billion - that is billion not million - for a wide range of  very worthy charities.  This year is  typical.

His is a very well rounded man with interests ranging from the environment, the heritage, architecture, alternative medicine and many other areas.

And in most instances, he became interested well before the issue became fashionable.
For the several nations over which will be he will reign, he will be - in so  many ways - an ideal monarch.

 
"In Praise of The Prince of Wales" - Part 2 - How important will he be? Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 01 December 2012

In 1999, ACM argued that what was crucial to the debate was the role and function of the Crown in the Australian Constitution particularly as a check and balance on the exercise of power.

While nobody doubted the personal virtues of The Queen, the debate was not about the incumbent sovereign, but about the institution, the Australian Crown.

While it is clear that Prince Charles will make an excellent King, from a strictly constitutional point of view excellence in the incumbent is not crucial.

That said, it is of course important that the people respect their sovereign. There is no doubt that the qualities Prince Charles offers will ensure that they will.

 
"In Praise of The Prince of Wales" - Part 3 - Will he succeed? Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 30 November 2012

In the final part of this address, Professor Flint answers several questions concerning the succession.

These include:

1. Will Prince Charles succeed the Queen?
2. Will Australia become a republic?
3. And what of Camilla - how will she be known?

Professor Flint says that Prince Charles will most definitely succeed the Queen.  He dismisses newspaper talk about "skipping a generation".  This just will not happen, it should not happen and Prince William would not allow it to happen.

Nor will the end of the reign be the silver bullet which delivers a politicians' republic. Professor Flint explains why this will not happen.

As to the title of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall on the succession, she would normally become Queen Consort.  At the time of the marriage of the Prince and the Duchess, it was said that on the succession, she would be known as the Princess Consort.  There is no doubt that it is within the prerogative of a King to effect this.

But it seems that on reflection, this is now unlikely and that the normal convention will prevail - the Duchess will be known as Queen Consort, or simply Queen.

Will she be Queen of Australia?  No, not in the strict sense.  There is only one Royal title in Australia and that is of the reigning sovereign.  The King will be King of Australia and his wife will be the Queen Consort.  Of course in popular parlance they will be referred to as The king and Queen of Australia.

Professor Flint summarises his conclusions to the three questions at 16.59 minutes on this video.

These are:

1. Who is Prince Charles?
2. How important is he to the governance of Australia, the United Kingdom and indeed the Commonwealth?
3. Will he succeed the Queen?  This raises corollary issues about a republic - a politicians' republic - and the way Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be formally described.

 
"In Praise of The Prince of Wales" - Vote of Thanks Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Mr. Graham Berry, President of The Masonic Club of New South Wales, moves the Vote of Thanks to Professor David Flint on his address, " In Praise of The Prince of Wales" on The Prince's 64th birthday.

 
Prince Charles- Foxtel Channel 108 Tuesday 27 November, 2012 Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 November 2012

"Prince Charles: The Royal Restoration", presented by Alan Titchmarsh, looks behind-the -scenes during the ambitious work to restore Dumfries House and the wider strategy to kickstart the economic fortunes of the local area, Cumnock in East Ayrshire, one of the most economically deprived in Scotland.

In 2007, His Royal Highness used £20 million of his own Charitable Foundation's money, and in addition personally brokered a £45 million deal, to purchase Dumfries House, and its unique collection of priceless furniture for the Nation.

The documentary follows the Prince and his team as they tackle key elements of the project against a background of financial pressure and Alan Titchmarsh hears from The Prince about his reasons for taking on such an ambitious project, how he deals with the challenges it presents and makes his own personal contribution to achieving its goals.

The hour-long documentary will be shown on Tuesday 27 November, 2012 on the Foxtel Lifestyle Channel, Channel 108, at 8.30 pm. It will be repeated on that channel On Wednsday 28 November, 2012 at 11am

Find out more about Dumfries House by visiting the website - http://www.dumfries-house.org.uk or http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk

This clip is shown on The Royal Channel courtesy of ITV/Spun Gold TV productions.

 
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