Born Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor, Prince of Wales, to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Charles is the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom. He is now the longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
Prince Charles is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended to the throne in 1952. Prince Charles has been the Prince of Wales since 1958, when his mother ascended to the throne. He has been married twice, and has four children, who are in-line to become the monarchs of the Commonwealth realms, and 15 grandchildren. Prince Charles has been a prominent advocate of environmental causes, and the arts. He has a reputation as a controversial figure, mainly due to his strong views on the environment, which have seen him clash with sections of the scientific community. Prince Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, and he is currently the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in the world.
2. Early life
Prince Charles was born on 14 November 1948 at Buckingham Palace, London, to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (later Duke of Edinburgh) and Princess Elizabeth of Greece and Denmark. He was baptised Charles Philip Arthur George, but was known to his family as Prince Charles. After his education, Charles began his military career as a cavalry officer in The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues and Royals), serving with The Queen's Own Hussars. In 1968, he married Lady Diana Spencer, with whom he would raise two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. The marriage was dissolved in 1992. Charles was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester on 26 July 1958, and was invested with his mother's titles of Princess of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on 1 July 1969. As heir apparent to the British throne, he became Prince of Wales in 1969, and Duke of Cornwall in 1974. During the 1980s, he was a public advocate of sustainable forestry, of which he is patron. His interest in environmental issues led to his creation of the Prince of Wales Foundation for the Environment, which works to protect the world's endangered ecosystems. He succeeded his father to the title of Prince of Wales in 1958, and
Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948. He was the eldest son of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. Charles has three children with Lady Diana Spencer, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Henry. He married Lady Diana in 1981 and they were divorced in 1996. Charles later married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005. Charles is the oldest son of the Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the British throne. Charles was educated at boarding school and then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then joined the British Army, serving as a page in the Blues and Royals and then in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars. He was promoted to captain in 1975 and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1977.
4. Military career
"In 1997, Prince Charles was appointed Admiral of the Fleet, the highest rank in the British Navy, and served in this capacity until 2005. He has taken an active interest in the work of the Royal Navy in recent years."
5. Britain has a new monarch: What to know about King Charles III
LONDON — Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland on Thursday, the United Kingdom is swiftly readjusting to the accession of her eldest son, Charles. According to Buckingham Palace, he will take the sovereign title King Charles III, and his wife, Camilla, will be known as the queen consort.