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Charles, Prince of Wales

Charles, Prince of Wales

Heir Apparent and Prince of Wales

Charles, Prince of Wales is the heir apparent and eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since 1958 his major title has been His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay. He is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held this status since 1952.… Read More

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1948 Birth Charles was born at Buckingham Palace on 14 November 1948, at 9.14 pm (GMT), the first child of Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. … Read More
1953 4 Years Old …  Charles attended his mother's coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, seated alongside his grandmother and aunt. … Read More
1955 6 Years Old Buckingham Palace announced in 1955 that Charles would attend school rather than have a private tutor, making him the first heir apparent ever to be educated in that manner. … Read More


1966 17 Years Old He spent two terms in 1966 at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia, during which time he visited Papua New Guinea on a school trip with his history tutor, Michael Collins Persse. … Read More
1967 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He left in 1967, with six GCE O-levels and two A-levels in history and French, at grades B and C, respectively.


1970 21 Years Old He graduated from Cambridge with a 2:2 Bachelor of Arts on 23 June 1970, the first heir apparent to earn a university degree. … Read More
1971 22 Years Old Following royal tradition, Charles served in the navy and air force. After requesting and receiving Royal Air Force training during his second year at Cambridge, on 8 March 1971, he flew himself to the Royal Air Force College Cranwell to train as a jet pilot. … Read More
1974 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He also qualified as a helicopter pilot at RNAS Yeovilton in 1974, just prior to joining 845 Naval Air Squadron, operating from. … Read More
1977 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1977, a newspaper report mistakenly announced his engagement to Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg.


1979 30 Years Old However, in August 1979, before Charles would depart alone for India, Mountbatten was killed by the IRA.
1981 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer and they had two sons: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (born 1982), and Prince Harry (born 1984). In 1996, the couple divorced, following well-publicised extra-marital affairs. … Read More


1989 - 1993 3 More Events
1996 47 Years Old Charles and Diana divorced on 28 August 1996.
1997 48 Years Old When Diana died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997, Charles flew there, with Diana's sisters, to accompany her body back to Britain.
1998 49 Years Old …  In Canada, Charles has supported humanitarian projects, for example taking part, along with his two sons, in the ceremonies marking the 1998 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. … Read More


1999 - 2004 3 More Events
2005 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who uses the title Duchess of Cornwall.
2006 57 Years Old His organic farming has attracted media criticism: According to The Independent in October 2006, "the story of Duchy Originals has involved compromises and ethical blips, wedded to a determined merchandising programme."
2007 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, he received the 10th annual Global Environmental Citizen Award from the Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment, the director of which, Eric Chivian, stated: "For decades the Prince of Wales has been a champion of the natural world... … Read More
2008 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Speaking to the European Parliament on 14 February 2008, he called for European Union leadership in the war against climate change. … Read More


2009 60 Years Old …  In October 2009, it was reported that Charles had personally lobbied the Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, regarding greater provision of alternative treatments in the NHS.
In April 2010, following accounting irregularities, a former official at the foundation and his wife were arrested for fraud believed to total £300,000. … Read More
In 2011, Charles received the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Medal for his engagement with the environment, such as the conservation of rainforests. … Read More
2012 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On 10 May 2012, Charles tried his hand at being a weather presenter for the BBC, reporting the forecast for Scotland as part of their annual week at Holyrood Palace alongside Christopher Blanchett. … Read More
In 2013, Charles donated an unspecified sum of money to the British Red Cross Syria Crisis appeal and DEC Syria appeal, which is run by 14 British charities to help victims of the Syrian civil war.
In February 2014, Charles visited Somerset levels to meet residents affected by winter flooding. … Read More
2015 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Although it had been rumoured that Charles would vow to be "Defender of the Faiths" or "Defender of Faith" as king, he stated in 2015 that he will retain the monarch's traditional title of "Defender of the Faith", whilst "ensuring that other people's faiths can also be practised", which he sees as a duty of the Church of England.
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