Prince Charles Biography
Charles Philip Arthur George – born on 14 November 1948 to Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace is the heir apparent to the thrones of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Upon the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, he immediately became Duke of Cornwall and in Scotland, Duke of Rothesay.
Prince Charles was educated at Hill House School in London, then later at Cheam School near Windsor, and later at Gordonstoun School in Scotland. The Prince was part of an exchange program and was sent to Geelong Grammar School in Australia.
High education was carried out at Trinity College, Cambridge where he studies Anthropology, Archaeology and History. He was later awarded a Master Degree from Cambridge.
His Royal Highness also underwent studies in the Welsh Language at the University of Wales in preparation for his future role as Prince of Wales.
Although created Prince of Wales in 1958 by Her Majesty the Queen – the Prince was not invested as such until 1969 at Caernarfon Castle in Wales.
As is tradition in the British Monarchy, and in preparation for his future role as Head of the British Armed Forces, the Prince underwent intensive military training with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
After his training, the Prince became a pilot in the Royal Air Force, and in the Royal Navy saw service onboard several naval warships. His Royal Highness also qualified as a helicopter pilot. He later took command of HMS Bronington.
The Prince of Wales was the first member of the Royal Family since King George I to attend a meeting of the British Cabinet at the invitation of the Prime Minister. His official public duties started to increase and by 1976 the Prince had founded the Prince’s Trust.
Increased public duties included tours to the United States, and several other countries.
His Royal Highness met Lady Diana Spencer in 1977 and then again later in 1980 where a close friendship and romance began. In 1981 the Prince proposed and in the summer of 1981 they married at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Together they produced two children, Prince William born in 1982 and Prince Harry born two years later.
After many years of personal indiscretions from both sides, and what the media described as the ‘War of the Waleses’, the marriage ended in divorce in 1996.
Prince Charles later in 2005 married Camilla Parker-Bowles at Windsor.
During the ceremony, the couple said an act of penitence that included:
“We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we, from time to time, have committed by word, thought and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.”
The Prince of Wales has many interests, most of these can be reflected in the work he does through his Prince’s Charities, which includes organizations that work for the build environment, architecture, health, opportunity and enterprise and responsible business.
He is also passionate about the environment, and campaigns often for the safeguard of the planet.
His Royal Highness through his charities raises over £110 million per year. The Prince is linked directly to over 450 organisations, charities and military regiments.
In his official role as Prince of Wales, he carries out several public duties on behalf of the Queen and is often seen traveling abroad representing the Crown and the United Kingdom. The Duchess of Cornwall often accompanies him.
The Prince of Wales resides when in London at Clarence House and at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. The Prince also has residences in Scotland and often stays at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate.