On the 17th of January, Buckingham Palace had announced that King Charles is going to a hospital for a prostate correction procedure.
“In common with thousands of men each year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate,” was written on the statement.
It is not stated for how long King Charles will stay in the hospital, the NHS had stated from their website that men over 50 are experiencing this non threatening health problem.
After the late Queen Elizabeth’s healt deteriorated, in 2013, then-Prince Charles had attended some of Queen’s duties, and represented the Quenn.
For many decades, King Charles is going with his royal duties. He had traveled the world a lot for his duties.
And for two times, King Charles came closer with accidents which were about to be tragic. One of them happened on live TV, and on the other one, it could have taken his life.
King Henry VIII’s flagship, The Mary Rose, sank in 1545, in Solent, between the Isle of Wight and Great Britain.
When it was 1982, the ship was excavated, and then-Prince Charles was there present at the process. He even dived into the wreck with the archaeologists.
“I remember my days of diving on the ship out in the Solent in the most impossible conditions, it was like swimming in a kind of lentil soup, you couldn’t see anything, or so I thought, until it was under your nose,” Charles said of that time.
“What I could never get over was the sheer expertise of the archaeologists operating under water.”
“I will never forget the almighty crash as the chains came down, and I thought it was all my fault. I think it was worth taking the risk as we have this truly remarkable example of a Tudor warship which is unique,” Charles continued.
The Royal Engineer Jack Frost was there while they lifted The Mary Rose, and saw the crash.
“You know, the future king of England could have died live on TV, which I think would have changed the whole aspect of the recovery, to be honest. Everything went silent. There wasn’t a whisper. No one spoke for what felt like minutes, was probably ten seconds, but just no one moved,” was stated by Frost, in the documentary Raising the Mary Rose: The Lost Tapes.
“I remember when the frame broke the water, and after only about half an hour, there was a loud crack. Everything stopped, and everyone at the office panicked. We immediately thought the crane had failed,” another person, Martin who witnessed the crash explained.
Twelve years after that accident, Charles had involved with another crash. This time Charles was in control, when the crash happened in a passenger jet he was flying.
As Charles was studying at Cambridge University, in 1968, he started to take flight lessons from then-squadron leader Philip Pinney, for two and a half years.
“It was a very relaxed relationship where he’d call up asking to be taken out in the aircraft on weekends, and when training was deployed to Aberystwyth one summer, he’d join us in the mess, fly as much as he could, and we even went hiking and fishing together in our down time. It was a wonderful experience,“ Pinney said.
After that, he went to RAF College at Cranwell. “I had to put my complete faith in the pilots I was training. Prince Charles had a natural ability and picked things up very quickly. He was an easy student to teach, and I was very impressed by not just his focus and concentration but his impeccable determination to succeed. He was not going to fail, it was as simple as that,” Sir Richard Johns, Charles’ instructor shared.
As Sir Richard Johns and Philip Pinney had prepared Charles for his education, and a career for Royal Navy. After that, he became a helicopter pilot.
After Charles received his pilot license, he went to Caribbean and Germany, as well as to Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, and India.
In 1994, when there was a five-day official visit to Scotland, he was one of the passengers of the Queen’s Flight passenger jet.
When they were close to landing on Islay, he was invited to land the plane, but things went wrong. The plane hit the ground with high speed, and the plane slide through on the landscape.
“It wasn’t quite a crash. We went off the end of the runway, unfortunately. It is not something I recommend,” Charles shared.
RAF Squadron Leader Graham Laurie was suspended, as he was the pilot of the flight. As he was suspended, no one said anything to Prince Charles.
“The nose wheel had landed because it was right beneath us, so we were bumping along the runway,” he stated.
“But what we didn’t realize was the main wheels were still slightly clear of the ground, so consequently, when I took over, I still couldn’t stop it going off the end.”
“With hindsight, of course, I should have got him to overshoot and make another approach. But I actually told him to land, so he did exactly what he was told to do.”
“It was a very unfortunate incident. The damage was well in excess of £1million. But then, to be fair, any aircraft accident is always expensive,” Keith Wilson, plane expert stated.
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