Charles ready for pension, still in line for top job


Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

LONDON (AP) — He doesn't exactly need the money -- but Prince Charles is planning to claim the government pension he qualifies for when he turns 65 tomorrow.

Palace officials say he'll contribute the pension to a charity that helps elderly people. Charles is entitled to about $175 a week because of his service in the Royal Navy and voluntary contributions he has made.

Although he's reaching retirement age, Charles still hasn't started the job he was born to do. He's been heir to the throne since his mother, Queen Elizabeth, became monarch in 1952. He's now the longest-waiting heir-apparent in British history.

Earlier this year, Charles became a grandfather with the birth of Prince George, the first child born to Prince William and his wife, Kate.

Charles will mark his milestone birthday by representing his mother at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka, after spending part of the day in India.

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185-c-20-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)-"in Sri Lanka"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports on the 65th birthday, Thursday, of Britain's Prince Charles, the longest waiting heir apparent in Britian's history. (13 Nov 2013)

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184-v-33-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)--Britain's Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, turns 65 on Thursday. Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports. (13 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO LON118: FILE - In this Monday, July 22, 2013 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles arrives at St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, where Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday July 22. Prince Charles is readying the paperwork to claim his pension when he turns 65 on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, but he still hasn't started the job he was born to do. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File) (23 Jul 2013)

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