Prince William swerves royal tradition by skipping Prince of Wales investiture

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Prince William is skipping the traditional Prince of Wales investiture ceremony that his father King Charles had.

Normally the monarch, currently King Charles III, presents the Prince of Wales with artefacts associated with the position like a sword, coronet, ring, rod and mantle.

The former Prince Charles had his investiture at Caernarfon Castle in 1969, but Kensington Palace insists William's will be very different.

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According to WalesOnline William and Kate were keen to "quell some concerns" from people in Wales over the controversial position.

The position became controversial when Edward I of England ordered the killing of the last Welsh Prince of Wales, Dafydd ap Gruffydd, in 1283.

King Edward passed the title on to his 16-year-old son Edward II.

Charles' investiture saw protests from activist groups including Cymdeithas yr Iaith, Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru and the Free Wales Army, likely sparking the new approach by the incoming Prince and Princess.

William and Kate allegedly are "very clear [the title] is a long-term thing" and want to "deepen trust" between themselves and the people of Wales by visiting frequently.

They are reported to want to "use the platform they have to take the dynamic nation of Wales to the global stage".

However, following King Charles' announcement that he would be passing the title on to his son William, 35,000 people came out to sign a petition against it being handed down.

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Speaking to ITV, Wales' first Presiding Officer, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, recounted a conversation he had had with King Charles when he was the Prince of Wales.

Mr Elis-Thomas said: "In discussions with him when he was still Prince of Wales, when I had cultural responsibilities in the Welsh Government, one of the issues I did raise with him was that I hoped there would never again be an investiture in Caernarfon Castle.

He added: “[Charles] laughed and said: ‘Do you think I want to put William through what I went through?'”

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