The Duchy of Cornwall’s official website has been updated with a photo to reflect the new owner, the current Duke of Cornwall, Prince William.
He became the Duke of Cornwall after his father Charles became King upon Queen Elizabeth’s death.
The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate founded by Edward III in 1337 to grant independence to his son and heir, Prince Edward. A charter stipulated that any future Duke of Cornwall would be the eldest surviving son of the monarch and heir to the throne. The current duke is HRH The Prince of Wales. He is the 25th duke in the estate’s history. The proceeds of his estate are used to fund the public, private and charitable activities of the Duke and his immediate family.
The Duchy’s estate straddles the geographical boundaries of Cornwall and covers 52,449 hectares of land in 20 counties, mainly in the South West of England. It includes crop and livestock farms, residential and commercial properties, as well as forests, rivers, quarries and coastline. Under the leadership of the current Duke of Cornwall, it is the responsibility of the Duchy to manage this estate in a way that is sustainable, financially viable and of meaningful value to the local community.