Happy 50th anniversary! Palace releases new portraits of Prince Charles

Two new portraits of Prince Charles have been released by the Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of his investiture as the Prince of Wales.

The 70-year-old royal was invested with the title by the Queen on July 1, 1969 at Caernarfon Castle when he was 20 years old.

To mark the occasion, Clarence House published two new photographs, one of the Duke of Cornwall and one with his wife Duchess Camilla.

“This portrait of The Prince of Wales has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of His Royal Highness’s Investiture,” Clarence House wrote on Instagram.

“The photo was taken at Llwynywermod, The Prince and The Duchess’s home in Wales.”

The second picture, featuring the Cornwall couple, was taken outside the residence.

The Duchess of Cornwall told PA news agency at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Swansea’s city status that her husband was celebrating the anniversary “quietly”. 

Swansea was granted city status after Charles was invested as Prince of Wales.

Upon being asked how the prince would be marking the milestone, she said, “Another anniversary I know – celebrating quietly.”

The new pictures came at the end of Wales Week as Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are completing their annual tour in the country.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the striking new portraits, as well as Charles over the past 50 years in his role as the Prince of Wales.