Everyone in this world knows who Prince Charles is. Other than the fact that he is no less than the respected Prince of Wales, he is also known as the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II. But have you ever wondered what his surname is? Most of the time, the Prince is only referred to as Prince Charles but does this mean that his name is Prince and his last name is Charles? Of course not! Truth be told, an actual Prince Charles last name exists.
Brief Autobiography of Prince Charles
Prince Charles is no less than the current Prince of Wales. He was born on November 14, 1948 as the eldest child of the equally famous and respected Queen Elizabeth II. In Scotland, Prince Charles is referred to as the Duke of Rothesay and as the Duke of Cornwall in Southwest England.
Since 1952, Prince Charles has already been holding the position of being the Prince of Wales, making him the longest reigning Prince in the entire history of Britain.
As a child, Prince Charles attended the most reputable schools where he received top quality education. He was enrolled at Cheam and Gordonstoun. Later on he also attended Geelong Grammar School located in Victoria, Australia. He went on to receive higher education with a degree in the Arts from Trinity College, Cambridge. Immediately after receiving his diploma he served for his country and went into duty with the Royal Navy between the years 1971 and 1976.
Prince Charles’ Married Life
Not long after his service for the Royal Navy ended, Prince Charles went back to his country and went in search for his life’s purpose. He focused on his various interests including a wide scope of humanitarian and social issues. He got into a serious relationship with the late Lady Diana Spencer whom he married in 1981.
Shortly after their marriage, Prince Charles and Princess Diana gave birth to two boys, Prince Charles, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales.
In 1996, the couple decided to divorce and in 1997, Princess Diana passed away due to a car crash. In 2005, Prince Charles married his former mistress Camilla Parker Bowles who currently uses the title Duchess of Cornwall.
However, even while the entire family of Prince Charles was under the public’s eye, not many people were aware of what the family’s surname is. Since most of the time they are referred to only by their first names and role in Britain, their surnames continued to become a mystery to the rest of the world.
So What’s His Surname?
The reality is that, Prince Charles also has his own surname – just like everyone else in the world. His complete name is actually pretty long – Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor. The surname Windsor was derived from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II surname that their family adopted hundreds of years ago after their principal castle.
In 1960, the Queen decided to modify her surname and incorporated Mountbatten. Thus, the surname Mountabetten-Windsor was conceived.
At present time, although Prince Charles is not usually referred to by his surname, he still uses it when signing formal documents and agreements. In all of his official written titles, his complete name, which is Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince of Wales continues to be reflected.
Why Not Use His Surname?
Another interesting trivia lies in the question as to why surnames are typically dropped when referring to the queens, prince and princess of Britain. There really is no distinct explanation why this is so but perhaps it would just be too difficult to utter someone’s complete name as opposed to using just a short cut or his or her first name.
This does not mean though that complete names when not used in its entirety show a sign of disrespect. This reference is pretty much how it is done in other countries as well. No one calls you using your complete name; rather they are a single name that you are most comfortable with. Bear in mind too that again, in official written documents or in papers that the Prince needs to sign for instance his complete name is usually reflected.