Timeline of the investiture of the Prince of Wales

Click and drag the timeline to explore archive film from the week of Prince Charles' investiture in 1969. Click on the events to watch clips and find out more.

        Bomb in the post Before the Investiture there was an explosion at a Cardiff post office. Bomb in the post

        Bomb in the post

        Damaged post box at a Cardiff post office

        The day before the investiture, an explosion occurred at a post office in Cardiff.

        Bomb in the post
        Test for the Prince Prince Charles greets the England and West Indies cricket teams. Test for the Prince

        Test for the Prince

        Prince Charles along with his mother Queen Elizabeth II and father the Duke of Edinburgh

        One day before his investiture, Prince Charles visits Lords' cricket ground and greets the England and West Indies cricket teams.

        Test for the Prince
        Abergele explosion In the early hours a bomb exploded at council offices in Abergele. Abergele explosion

        Abergele explosion

        Gwilym Owen

        In the early hours of the day of the investiture, a bomb explodes at council offices in Abergele killing the two men carrying the device.

        Abergele explosion
        The Kids Cliff Michelmore talks to a few local school children. The Kids

        The Kids

        Local school children

        Cliff Michelmore talks to a few local school children to gauge their feelings about the day's events.

        The Kids
        Hiraeth Two Canadian expats talk about their excitement. Hiraeth

        Hireath

        Miss Every and Mrs Monkhouse who came back to Wales, after moving to Canada, to witness the Investiture and discuss their excitement being back in Wales at seeing the event.

        Hiraeth
        Crowning of a new Prince Queen Elizabeth crowns her son the Prince of Wales. Crowning of a new Prince

        Crowning of a new Prince

        Queen Elizabeth crowns her son the Prince of Wales.

        Queen Elizabeth II hands over the 'symbol of sovereignty' by crowning her son, Prince Charles, as the Prince of Wales.

        Crowning of a new Prince
        The Royal carriage The Royal party leave Caernarfon Castle The Royal carriage

        The Royal carriage to Caernarfon

        The Royal party head from Caernarfon Castle to the centre of the town.

        The Royal party head from Caernarfon Castle to the centre of the town, flanked by thousands of spectators.

        The Royal carriage
        Brownies The Prince meets a local Brownie group. Brownies

        The Prince meets the Brownies

        The newly crowned Prince of Wales talks to a local Brownie group as he starts his tour of Wales.

        Brownies
        Tour of Wales - day one Llandudno, Llanrwst, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Lake Bala. Tour of Wales - day one

        Tour of Wales - day one

        On the first day of the Prince's tour of Wales he visits Llandudno, Llanrwst, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Lake Bala.

        Tour of Wales - day one
        Fishguard The tour reaches the harbour at Fishguard Fishguard

        Tour of Wales - Fishguard

        BBC News coverage follows the Prince of Wales as his tour of Wales reached Fishguard where he arrives at the harbour from the Royal Yacht Britannia.

        Fishguard
        St Davids The royal party visits the city of St Davids St Davids

        Prince Charles visits St Davids

        This BBC News report shows the royal party visiting the city of St Davids where the Prince attends a 45 minute Thanksgiving.

        St Davids
        Carmarthen The crowds that greeted the new Prince of Wales. Carmarthen

        Tour of Wales - Carmarthen

        The penultimate day of Prince Charles' tour of Wales.

        Carmarthen
        Cefn Coed BBC News archive visits the industrial heartland of south Wales. Cefn Coed

        Tour of Wales - Cefn Coed

        BBC News report from the industrial heartland of south Wales ahead of Prince Charles' visit on the final day of his post-Investiture tour. An interview with two members of the same family in the remote village of Cefn Coed reveals differing attitudes to the Princes' visit.

        Cefn Coed

        Archive films

        Preperations for the investiture

        More from our archive

        Watch all our clips about the investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales.

        BBC News

        Prince Charles announces Swansea's city status

        Swansea marks city anniversary

        On 3rd July 1969, Prince Charles announced Swansea as a city.

        Welsh royalty

        Owain Glyndwr

        A turbulent history

        Explore the history of Welsh royalty and the title Prince of Wales.

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