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The story of Wales reminds us of our still fragile Union

The Investiture of The Prince of Wales
The Investiture of The Prince of Wales, July 1, 1969 Credit: Anwar Hussein

Fifty years ago this month, the same month that men first walked on the moon, Prince Charles was formally invested as the Prince of Wales. “Forget your rugby XVs, this is Wales’s top star: the Prince”, as a contemporary news report had it. The clip was included  in a retelling of the event in Archive  on 4: God Bless the Prince of Wales (Radio 4, Saturday) presented by historian Martin Johnes, Professor  of History at Swansea University.

But that single news report didn’t tell the full story. Strangely almost forgotten now was how tense the atmosphere was, and Prince Charles was definitely not seen by all Welsh people as a kind of coronet-wearing Barry John. Some nationalists  believed that Wales...

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