Prince Charles has shown his enthusiasm for a new university course that the heir to the throne is visiting as a guest of honor.
The prince attended a private reception on Thursday at the University of Aberystwyth, where he studied as a student in 1968.
He was accompanied by his son Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and the university’s sesquicentennial Chancellor, former Business Secretary Vince Cable.
The prince is also to be in Glasgow on Friday to attend an event at the John Muir Institute, which specializes in tourism.
Mr. Charles has always been a keen learner who has not shied away from a challenge. During his days at Aberystwyth he worked in the library in the evenings and weekends.
The prince worked for six months on the Commonweal teaching college’s student newspaper, The News from Wales.
After graduating, he joined Duchy of Cornwall, but got the opportunity to go to work on the army’s Territorial Army at Arnhem in 1944, fighting his way up the ranks before eventually being awarded the Victoria Cross, which he received in November 1945.
In 1949, Prince Charles took a job with the South Kensington Improvement Company. It was there that he met Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 1957, the princess divorced Prince Charles and became involved with her companion, Prince Charles Spencer. By that time, Charles had been remarried for eight years.
On 19 April, 1958, Charles was asked to succeed his father as Prince of Wales. He and Diana became engaged on 20 July, and finally tied the knot on 2 April, 1981, at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Some thought that their 1981 wedding would have destroyed a royal family already burdened with a succession problem, but Charles and Diana were guided by their faith and instead embraced their new roles as husbands and wives.
In 1984, Diana died tragically on Aug. 31 after being struck by a speeding car in Paris, following an apparent row with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed. The incident led to another crisis in the royal family.
In November 2004, Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married in a lavish ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral, under armed guard. The ceremony proved chaotic as Charles nearly missed his own marriage, as the first three rows of the cathedral were left empty, with parishioners not able to get tickets.
In March 2017, Charles was the guest of honor at the William and Catherine Foundation’s 20th anniversary, at Chelsea Horse Club.
Charles announced his retirement from official royal engagements in January 2017 and has been on a walking tour of Scotland in the past months, visiting farming families and “near misses” with birds.
It is said that Charles was an environmentalist before environmentalism was cool, and that he sees the theme as defining his legacy as the sixth generation of the royal family.