A FORMER classmate of the king has revealed he kept the new monarch’s hair in an envelope for over 50 years.
Richard Kumnick attended the renowned Geelong Grammar School in Australia, where the future King Charles spent two trimesters in 1966.
He was speaking as Charles was officially proclaimed king in a landmark ceremony following the death of his mother on Thursday.
Richard claims that he went to a hair salon right after Charles got his haircut and stole some of the king’s hair off the floor as a souvenir.
“The then Prince Charles was waiting to get his hair cut and I was waiting for him to finish,” he told Channel Nine.
“I noticed his hair falling to the floor. It was all his because he was the first to have his haircut.”
Richard revealed that he “took a handful of hair” and then put it in an envelope, which he has kept ever since.
He then removed a piece of the hair and said, “I have to say it’s a different color than the hair we see today.”
He went on to say that Charles was a prefect when he attended school and once caught him smoking – although he didn’t tell the headmaster.
“It was a dark room off our living area and I was drinking a Marlboro and it happened to come into the boiler room,” he said.
“I don’t know if he called me Kumnick or not, but he said, ‘I’ll have that, thanks.’
“I was glad it got this far because if it had gone any further I would have ended up in Mr. Hanley’s office.”
Richard said that although the future king was homesick at first, he enjoyed his time at school Down Under.
“Well I know in later years he thought about it and said he really loved it,” he said.
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“I think he stayed longer than was ultimately intended or originally intended, I should say.”
He was asked if he thought at the time that his classmate would make a good king.
“Oh, I think he must have been as futile as his mother,” he replied.
“He would be perfect. I’m a big royalist. I didn’t think the time would come. I thought maybe Charles was too old.”
King Charles has visited Australia 16 times and in 1983 he accompanied Princess Diana and 10-month-old William on a visit that drew large crowds.
He’s also represented the Queen at state funerals, stole a kiss from a cheeky Australian model and even enjoyed a swim at Bondi Beach.
At the first-ever televised accession ceremony at St James’ Palace, the new King vowed to follow the Queen’s “inspiring example”.
The band of Coldstream Guards and State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry then played the national anthem.
Then three cheers for the new monarch rang out, while trumpets celebrated the new reign.
Smoke also filled the air as 41 guns were fired from Hyde Park and 62 at the Tower of London in a breathtaking salute.
There were also gun salutes at Cardiff Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Gibraltar, Colchester, York, Larkhill near Stonehenge, naval bases at Devonport and Portsmouth and a number of stations at sea.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6191443/man-went-school-king-charles-kept-clippings-hair/ Watch a man who went to school with King Charles reveal he’s been keeping clippings of his HAIR for more than 50 years