Prince Charles is one of the most influential figures in Britain and perhaps the world. He is a British royal and the elder son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. He is the heir to the throne and will be the next King one day.
Charles, Prince of Wales, is deeply involved in the nation’s affairs and has been known to speak out against the policies that are being debated by the government. This blog will give you an insight into the life of this great man and the work he has done over the years.
The Life Story of Prince Charles
Charles Philip Arthur George was born on November 14, 1948, in Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles attended two schools during his childhood years, Cheam School and Gordonstoun. Both of these are the same preparatory schools his father attended prior to attending Cambridge.
He then went on to Geelong Grammar which is an all-boys secondary school located in Australia and was educated there for one year before returning back to England, where he later graduated from Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as serving in the Royal Navy between 1971 and 1976.
Prince Charles held the title of Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay from 1954 until 2013 when the titles merged with the Crown. Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the title for over 64 years. He also holds other titles such as Prince of Wales, which he obtained in 1958 as a result of his parents’ wedding as well as being created Duke of Edinburgh after the death of his father.
Prince Charles’ Marriage to Lady Diana
Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. They had two sons: Prince William and Prince Harry. The two were married until their divorce in the 1990s, after both parties showed an appetite for extramarital affairs throughout their marriage.
In 1997, Diana died as the result of a car crash in Paris. There appears to be some doubt surrounding her death.
Prince Charles’ Marriage to Camilla
Charles went on to marry his then long-term girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 when the Queen gave him permission amid a lot of controversies which eventually died down several years later.
The royal wedding of Charles and Camilla took place around 2011. The couple had been engaged in February 2005; he surprised her with an engagement ring that had belonged to his grandmother.
The Queen’s formal consent to the marriage subject to the statutes of the Church of England, as required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772, was registered in a Privy Council meeting in March 2005.
The wedding was never actually easy. It was to take place in a civil ceremony at Windsor Castle, with a subsequent blessing at St George’s Chapel. Charles was the only member of the royal family to have a civil ceremony at this time. As reported by BBC news from the 50s and 60s, this marriage was illegal, though dismissed.
As a direct descendant of King George IV, Prince Charles was chosen by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to serve as Prince of Wales. He founded The Prince’s Trust and is the patron of several organizations involved in many causes like wildlife conservation and rural communities. As an environmentalist, Prince Charles has spoken about topics like organic farming and climate change which earned him awards from environmental groups.