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A Look At Prince Charles' 50 Years As Prince Of Wales

Prince Charles, 70, is celebrating 50 years as the Prince of Wales.

The anniversary makes Charles the longest serving Prince of Wales in history and to mark the occasion he and wife Camilla are spending the week in Wales.

Charles has been praised by many for his dedication to and love for the Welsh people, but his time as Prince of the nation has not been without its controversy.

Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales by his mother Queen Elizabeth II on July 1, 1969 at just 20 years of age. The Queen announced her intention to invest her eldest son when he was just nine years old.

The ceremony, in all it's medieval pomp and glamour, was held at Caernarfon Castle. The lavish event was watched on TV by millions of people around the globe.

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Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales by his mother Queen Elizabeth II on July 1, 1969. Photo: AAP Photos.

The ceremony was met with both support and outrage from the Welsh people. While some were thrilled with the spectacle of a large royal affair coming to the nation, others were more involved with the rising Welsh nationalism characteristic of the time.

The ceremony took place amid violent riots and even bomb blasts that took place outside the castle walls. In other parts of town street parties, were held to celebrate the new Prince.

Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales by his mother Queen Elizabeth II on July 1, 1969. Photo: AAP Photos.
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Photo: AAP Photos.
Not always a fan of ceremony. Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother and Prince Charles with Princess Margaret Rose in the royal box at Westminster Abbey watching the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Getty

In the 50 years since Charles took on the role, he's worked on projects that focus on the environment, architecture, sustainable farming, music and the arts.

Overall, he's become involved in over 42 charities in Wales alone and met with countless world leaders.

Prince Charles greets the crowd during his Investment as Prince of Wales, at Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales, 1st July 1969. Photo: Getty Images

Charles' private life has not been without its controversy. His first wife Diana, Princess of Wales tragically died in a car crash in 1997.

READ MORE: Prince William Opens Up About Pain Of Losing His Mother

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Prince Charles and Diana after their wedding in 1981. Photo: AAP Photos.
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles with baby William.Photo: AAP Photos.
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Charles, Harry and William look at tributes left for Princess Diana. Photo: AAP Photos.

He married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 -- after what is believed to be a long and secret romance.

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Official photo from the wedding of Charles and Camilla. Photo: AAP Images.

Charles has watched sons William and Harry marry their wives Kate and Meghan and has four grandchildren; George, Charlotte, Louis and Archie.

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Charles walked Meghan Markle down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry. Photo: Getty Images.

Prince Charles also appeared on 10's Masterchef in 2018. In what can only be described as a career highlight, the Prince was catered for by the Masterchef cast and got to meet them as well.

READ MORE: Brendan Reveals Cooking For Prince Charles Was Less Stressful Than Gordon Ramsay

Charles is next in line to the British throne.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au