Prince Charles has spoken out about the coronavirus epidemic and the ways it could change society. But did you know these ten amazing facts about the heir to the throne?
Speaking on the BBC Radio’s Farming Today programme as part of the Rethink series, Prince Charles praised the ‘dig for victory’ spirit that has taken over Britain during the coronavirus crisis. He applauded the way that many have used their gardens, allotments and even window boxes to grow their own food in a “way not seen since the Second World War.“
But Price Charles warned that the future of food production has been brought into question during the coronavirus pandemic, and that we must all think about the ways we live with nature in the future.
Prince Charles suggested that food shortages during the coronavirus epidemic might have made people think about the means of food production for the first time, and that the crisis could lead to a ‘transformation’ of the country’s food and agricultural systems.
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Prince Charles said: ‘Perhaps there are one or two silver linings amongst the otherwise very dark clouds which have been affecting us all over the last three months and one of those is the issue of food.
“Food availability was clearly an early issue; perhaps food shortages prompted many people to think for the very first time about whether they could depend on secure and reliable supplies of food in the post-Covid world?
“I was fascinated to hear that sales of vegetable seeds reached an all-time high as a “dig for victory spirit” swept through the land and urban and country dwellers alike decided to requisition their gardens, allotments and window boxes to grow food in a way perhaps not seen since the Second World War.’
Prince Charles will also speak on the World Service’s Newsday programme to warn that nature must be put at the centre of the future economy.
Prince Charles added: “With the explosion of interest in local food, in box schemes and online sales, could a transformation of our food and agricultural systems be one of the lasting legacies of this very challenging period in human history?
“As we rethink our world in the wake of the pandemic, it is increasingly clear that the health and wellbeing of people and planet are inextricably linked.
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‘With so much opportunity in front of us, let us rethink our relationship with nature and reset for a better future. We have no time to waste.”
Prince Charles will also call for reforestation and a restoration of biodiversity in his thought pieces which will also be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.
Prince Charles is known to be a passionate advocate of conservation and often speaks out on the subject, but did you know these 10 amazing facts about the heir to the throne?
- 1. Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948, at Buckingham Palace. He was the first child of the then-Princess Elizabeth and her husband Philip, and the first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. He was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury a month after being born, on December 15, 1948.
- 2. Prince Charles’ income from the Duchy of Cornwall alone was £22.2m last year, up three percent from the previous year. The total worth of the Duchy is over £1b. Prince Charles also receives money from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant. it’s estimated that his net worth is £100m.
- 3. He has been Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, and is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
- 4. He is also the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held that title since 1958.
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- 5. Since 1993, Prince Charles has worked on the creation of Poundbury, an experimental new extension of Dorchester town based on his architectural preferences. A recent Savills survey found that values in Poundbury were up to 29% higher than on other new build schemes in the area.
- 6. For his 21st birthday Prince Charles was given a blue Aston Martin DB6 by his mother. in 2008 he had it converted to run on biofuel made partly from surplus white wine. The car was used in the wedding celebrations of William and Kate. Other cars in Prince Charles’ fleet run on electricity or biofuel derived from used cooking oil.
- 7. The 1981 wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer was watched worldwide by a television audience of 750m. There were 3,500 guests and the cost of the event was estimated at $48m.
- 8. Prince Charles’ second marriage, to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, was a civil ceremony as both were divorcées. This made Prince Charles the first member of the UK royal family to marry outside a church.
- 9. Prince Charles’ full official title is His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
- 10. If Prince Charles ever ascends to the throne, he may not take the title King Charles, as previous monarchs bearing that name were controversial to say the least. it has been suggested that he may take on the name George VII in honour of his grandfather, King George VI.
As Prince Charles speak out about the coronavirus epidemic and the ways it could change society, how many of these ten amazing facts about the heir to the throne did you know?