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1337: The Link between the Medieval “Black Prince” and Prince Charles

1337: The Link between the Medieval “Black Prince” and Prince Charles
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  • Historical event:
  • 17 March 1337
  • Edward "The Black Prince" was one of the most famous of English knights from the Middle Ages. He was a famous warrior and achieved victories over the French at the Battles of Crécy and Poitiers.

It is well known that the British heir to the throne Charles – Prince of Wales – has the additional title of “Duke of Cornwall” (his present wife Camilla also uses the title “Duchess of Cornwall”).

On this day, the first Duke of Cornwall in England’s history was appointed. His name was Edward, and he was the son of a powerful English king Edward III (known for claiming to have a right to the French throne).

Edward, the first Duke of Cornwall, is today better known as the Black Prince. He is one of the most famous English knights from the Middle Ages. He was a famous warrior and achieved victories over the French at the Battles of Crécy and Poitiers.

What is the connection between the Black Prince and current Prince Charles? Namely, they were both the eldest sons of the ruling English monarch and, as such, received the title of “Prince of Wales”. Indeed, as was already mentioned, both were given the title of “Duke of Cornwall”. It is interesting that Prince Charles is the 23rd Duke of Cornwall (the first one was, of course, the mentioned Black Prince).

The Duchy of Cornwall is located in the farthest southwestern edge of England. Cornwall has approximately 356,300 hectares, and it is interesting that the Duchy of Cornwall (i.e. Prince Charles, being its Duke) owns approximately 54,090 hectares of land. It is estimated that the Duchy is worth around 647 million pounds.

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