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OTRC: Prince Charles nabs record for longest wait for the throne

While the royal family is gearing up for the big wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, set to be watched worldwide by a record audience on April 29, Prince Charles has set a record of his own.

The 62-year-old prince achieved a milestone on Wednesday for spending the longest time as the heir apparent to the British throne, according to the Associated Press.

Previously King Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, had the longest wait with 59 years, two months and 13 days. Charles has been waiting 59 years, two months and 14 days as his mother, Queen Elizabeth, succeeded her father King George VI in June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth is set to celebrate her 85th birthday on Thursday.

Meanwhile it was revealed that Prince Charles will be heading to the United States to meet President Barack Obama after the royal wedding, according to Reuters. Prince Charles jets out for a two-day trip on May 3 and is set to give a speech at Georgetown University in Washington.

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