Charles, Near 60, May Yet Put Green Stamp on Monarchy

Heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth has built an empire of charity
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 3:36 PM CST
Britain's Prince Charles tours Borobudur temple, an ancient Buddhist monument in central Java, during a visit today to Yogyakarta, Indonesia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Prince Charles, who turns 60 on Nov. 14, has used his position as heir apparent to advocate tirelessly for the environment and the disadvantaged, writes JM Ledgard on More Intelligent Life. There’s still time for him to ascend to the British throne, where (after taking the title of George VII, Ledgard believes) he’ll be “a High Green, caring for the planet.”

Informed by philanthropic efforts dating to 1976, King George’s style, Ledgard writes, would be more militant on climate change “than any mainstream British politician of today.” In retooling the monarchy as an agent of environmental sustainability, George VII may well create sustainability for the monarchy itself, by ensuring its relevance to the iPod age.