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Prince Charles's Biography

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Charles, Prince of Wales, whose full name is Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor, is the eldest son of The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and was born on 14 November, 1948 at Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles was four at his mother's Coronation on 2nd June, 1953.

Charles was given the title of Prince of Wales in 1958 and was invested at Caernarvon in 1969.

Prince Charles was educated at Hill House School, Cheam School and Gordonstoun. After a term at Geelong Grammar School in Australia, he studied at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1967 to 1970. He attained a second class degree.

Prince Charles served in the RAF and Royal Navy.

On 29 July 1981, Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, who took the title Princess Diana.

In 1992, they announced that they were splitting up and they were divorced in 1996.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana had two children: Prince William and Prince Harry.

On 10th February 2005, the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles was announced.

The wedding originally scheduled for 8 April 2005 was postponed by one day so as not to clash with Pope John Paul II's funeral.

The couple eventually married in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall on 9 April 2005. Afterwards, they went to Windsor Castle for a service of blessing in St George's Chapel, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as Camilla Parker Bowles became upon the marriage, spent their honeymoon in Scotland.

Prince Charles is a keen environmentalist and an advocate of traditional architecture. He is also an enthusiastic skier, gardener and watercolour artist.

He supported organic farming as far back as 1984.

In 1976 the Prince's Trust was created and Prince Charles has devoted much of his energy to charitable causes.

In 2018, Prince Charles told the BBC in a documentary to mark his 70th birthday that he would stop speaking out on topics he feels strongly about if he became king.

In March 2020, he tested positive for coronavirus.

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