Sunday 28 April 2019

How Prince Charles Became the Duke of Cornwall and Much More

Restormel Castle, Cornwall

On my previous post I mentioned Restormel Castle and the English Civil War. I snapped the above photo of the castle while at the Duchy Plant Nursery and Garden Centre, Lostwithiel. We were having coffee there with friends.

Duke of Cornwall
The Nursery is part of the Duchy of Cornwall. The current Duke of Cornwall being Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate established by Edward III in 1337 to provide independence to his son and heir, Prince Edward. A charter ruled that each future Duke of Cornwall would be the eldest surviving son of the Monarch and heir to the throne.  So this is how Prince Charles became the Duke of Cornwall.

According to the Duchy of Cornwall Website:

"The Duchy’s estate extends beyond the geographical boundaries of Cornwall – covering 52,971 hectares of land across 23 counties, mostly in the South West of England. It comprises arable and livestock farms, residential and commercial properties, as well as forests, rivers, quarries, and coastline. Under the guidance of the current Duke of Cornwall, it is the Duchy's responsibility to manage this estate in a way that is sustainable, financially viable and of meaningful value to the local community."

The Prince's full title, I believe is:

 His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, CC, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of CornwallDuke of RothesayEarl of Carrick, Baron of RenfrewLord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.

I'll make no further comment on Dukes and the like!


  1. Interesting to see where this title originates from and I'm pleased to read that it should provide "meaningful value to the local community." I find it hard to justify all those other titles & abbreviations, do you think he could recite them if asked? Interesting information as usual and a really different post Mike, thanks, I enjoyed that.

    1. Thanks David, sorry a bit slow replying. We have been away for the last week and just got home this morning (4th May). I like traditions but not so keen on all of the fancy uniforms the likes of Prince Charles wears - all of those medals etc seem almosr comical.




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