Prince Charles: The life of the Prince of Wales

    Prince Charles. Credit: Creative Commons
    Prince Charles. Credit: Creative Commons
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    Today Prince Charles celebrates his 70th birthday. He was born at Buckingham Palace on 14 November 1948, at 9.14pm. His title, The Prince of Wales.

    He was christened Charles Philip Arthur George within the Music Room at Buckingham Palace on 15 December 1948 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and would become heir to the throne a little over three years later following his mother, Queen Elizabeth II’s, accession to the throne.

    After studying history and French at Gordonstoun in Scotland, The Prince went on to read archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University’s Trinity College in 1967 before going on to study history and being awarded a 2:2 degree in 1970. During this time he also spent a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth learning to speak Welsh before The Queen invested him as the Prince of Wales on 1 July 1969. After graduating, The Prince trained as a jet pilot with the Royal Air Force at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire before embarking on a naval career.

    In 1981 the country gathered together to watch The Prince and Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, get married in St Paul’s Cathedral with TV footage of the event broadcast around the world to an estimated audience of over 700 million. A year later saw the royal couple welcome their son, Prince William, into the world, shortly followed by Prince Harry in 1984. However, in 1996 the royal couple’s marriage came to an end and just a year later The Princess of Wales tragically died in a car crash in France.

    In 2005 The Prince married Camilla Parker Bowles, The Duchess of Cornwall, in a civil ceremony which took place in front of 800 guests at the Guildhall in Windsor. In 2011 The Prince saw his eldest son, Prince William, marry Kate Middleton, and earlier this year the nation celebrated the birth of The Prince of Wale’s first grandchild, Prince George.

    The Prince of Wales is patron to over 400 organisations, including The Prince’s Charities which raise over £100 million each year to help young people, environmental sustainability and the built environment among others causes. The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently on a nine-day tour of India, where they have been witnessing the work carried out by several charitable organisations.

    The Prince will be spending his birthday with Camilla. In the afternoon he will be having tea with a group of inspirational people – from fundraisers to football coaches also celebrating their 70th birthday – continuing the great work that he has carried out throughout his lifetime. In the evening there will be a party to celebrate at Buckingham Palace.

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