Today, Prince Charles has officially become the oldest heir to the throne in British history.
Aged 64 years, 10 months and 5 days old, Charles has surpassed the record which had been held by King William IV who took the throne from his brother George IV in 1830 who was also aged 64 years, 10 months and 5 days.
Across Europe this year, quite a few monarchs have stepped down to retire such as Queen Beatrix of Holland but Queen Elizabeth II is showing no signs of stepping down just yet. She is in very good health and still takes part in special appearances and tours of Common Wealth countries. The Queen Mother lived to be 101 and I know many people who hope that the Queen not only lives that long but remains on the throne for as long as possible. If that is the case then Prince Charles could be crowned King when he is in his 80s! In 2015, Queen Elizabeth will overtake Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Throughout history, there has been a collection of kings and queens who have been either very young or old for their time when they are crowned. Mary Queen of Scots was just 6 days old when she was crowned and the youngest king was Henry VI who started his reign at 8 months and 25 days. King William IV was the oldest king to be crowned and Mary I was 37-years-old when she became queen in 1553.
It must be hard for Charles to remain patient about taking up a job he has trained his whole life for but then again, with the arrival of Prince George this summer, I know he has been enjoying his new role as a grandfather!