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The Boy Who Would Be King

Newspaper photographs from the Daily Herald Archive offered a look into the young Prince Charles' everyday life.

The week before his investiture as the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles appeared in a series of newspaper photographs titled ‘The Informal Prince.’ These were circulated, wrote the Daily Herald, as “a kind of ‘antidote’ to the pomp and ceremony” of the upcoming event.  Featuring the 20-year-old Prince playing cello and go-karting with Prince Edward, the photographs showed a personable (if not entirely un-staged) side of the soon-to-be Prince of Wales.

54 years later, to mark his Coronation as King Charles III, we revisited the Daily Herald Archive—cared for by the National Science and Media Museum—to find more everyday moments from the young Prince’s life, each one accompanied by its original newspaper caption.

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