King Charles once revealed that he was run over by a bus while he was a student at Cambridge University. King Charles, who studied at Trinity College between 1967 and 1970, confessed for the first time that he was hit by a bus while cycling past the city’s historic Fitzwilliam Museum.
It was not clear how serious the incident was but his death at that time would have changed the course of history. The line of succession would barely resemble the one we have now, as the current heir Prince William, 41, would never have been born – and nor would his three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five.
As a result, Charles’s brother Prince Andrew would now be heir and his daughter, Princess Beatrice and her daughter Sienna would be next in line. Charles, who has often spoken fondly of his time at the university, disclosed the incident while at a reception to mark the museum’s bicentenary in 2016 – when he was Prince of Wales. He said: “For me it’s always the greatest pleasure to come back to Cambridge. I’ve always felt so lucky to be able to study at this university.
“It all went by in a flash and I’m horrified to realise that very shortly, next year in fact, it will be 50 years since I arrived.” “All I can say is time goes past unbelievably quickly… But I enjoyed it enormously. “Quite how I survived being run over by a bus when I was on a bicycle just outside here I don’t know. But it was a very special experience, as most of you probably know. ”
Aides said they had never heard of the incident before but as 32 percent of people who live in Cambridge commute by bicycle, minor accidents are not unusual. Charles, 74, became the first heir to the throne ever to take a degree. He was awarded a 2:2 in history in June 1970, having switched from archaeology and anthropology after a year.
His grandfather George VI has also studied at Trinity but had stayed for only one year, reading history, economics and civics from October 1919. While at Cambridge, Charles joined Trinity’s drama group, the Dryden Society, and spoke at a Cambridge Union debate, about the “threat” of technology.