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Making headlines for his planned participation as the father of the groom in the royal wedding of his son, Prince William, Charles is said to maintain a close
relationship with both his sons, Prince
William and Prince
husband to Princess
Diana, and son of Queen
Elizabeth II, Prince Charles has lived in a fishbowl of media
attention literally all of his life, which explains his often
adversarial relationship with the tabloid press.
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Philip Arthur George Windsor on November 14, 1948 at Buckingham
Palace, Prince Charles was the first child of then-Princess Elizabeth,
and her husband Philip,
the Duke of Edinburgh. Three
more siblings followed - Princess
Andrew, and Prince
death of his grandather, King
George VI -and the ascension of his mother to the British
throne as Queen
Elizabeth II, Charles at age 4 became the royal heir apparent.
sensitive, Prince Charles was widely perceived from his earliest
days as the proverbial poor little rich boy whose parents returned
home from months-long world travels to customarily greet their
son with a brief handshake. Raised by governesses and later sent
away to private schools, he was reportedly taunted unmercifully
graduation from Cambridge in 1970, Prince Charles entered the
Royal Navy and earned his RAF wings at the Royal Air Force College.
His six-year naval career also included training as a helicoptor
pilot at a Royal Naval Air Station in Somerset, afterwhich he
served on the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes as part of the 845 Naval
rarely enjoyed warm and close personal relationships
throughout his early life, two people stand out - a great-uncle,
Mountbatten, who served as Charles' trusted mentor (and who
was assassinated by the IRA in 1979) - and a woman named Camilla
Shand, whom he met in the 1970's.
away in the Navy for long stretches of time, Camilla later decided
to marry Charles' friend, Andrew Parker Bowles.
to Princess Diana
By the late 1970's, Charles was in his early thirties as pressure
mounted for the prince to marry.
the news was announced of his engagement to 19-year old Diana
looked for all the world like a star-struck teenager in love.
It was Charles, however, who was already hinting at the fact that
the wedding was royally-approved and for only public consumption,
and to a reporter who asked if he was in love, Charles responded
in the affirmative but quickly added, "whatever 'in love'
the press as the fairytale
wedding of the century, the marriage of Charles and popular
"Princess Di" took place in St. Paul's Cathedral on
July 29, 1981. By this time, according to various reports, Charles
had already resumed his relationship with Parker Bowles.
Diana's eldest son, Prince
William, was born on June 21, 1982. Prince
Henry (Harry), was born two years later on September 15, 1984
by which time the marriage of Charles and Diana was already headed
compassionate young woman with the photogenic smile, was by now
aware of Charles' continued relationship with Parker Bowles.
the press as a naive victim transformed into the vengeful and
cheated-upon spouse, Diana later made no secret of the couple's
the prince's troubles, Diana's worldwide popularity would continue
unabated throughout the marriage. The
expectant news of a separation came from the prime minister's
office on December 9, 1992. Three years later, Princes Charles
and Princess Diana were legally divorced.
was killed in a car accident one year later, plunging millions
of Britons into unprecedented and public
displays of grief resulting in rumors of an assasination plot
- as well as demands for an official inquest, which later concluded
that there was no evidence of foul play in her untimely death.
to Camilla Parker Bowles
after Diana's death, in
February 2005 Charles announced his plans to marry Camilla Parker
Bowles. The wedding, the subject of increasing derision in
the British press, took place on April 9, 2005.
Charles continues to persue his interests in the arts, remains
an outspoken critic of modern architecture, and is the president
or patron of approximately 200 charitable organizations. He is
also a strong proponent of reducing carbon emissions, and In May
2008 was hailed by environmentalists worldwide for his urging
to deforestation to prevent further global
He is also
said to have shown more devotion to his two sons since their mother's
death, and appears to be happily partnered with the woman who
he reportedly had loved all along.
1995, Parker Bowles has two adult children, Tom and Laura, from
her previous marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles.
News & Biographies:
News - Charles and Camilla In Depth
Express - Prince Charles biography
of Wales - Official Site
Prince of Wales - Wikipedia
Profiles - Camilla Parker Bowles
I sometimes wonder if two thirds of the globe is covered
in red carpet.
I learned the way a monkey learns - by watching its parents.
A monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant
friend. (On the proposed extension to the National Gallery,
All the time I feel I must justify my existence.
Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive unless
you take account of people's attitudes. After all, if people don't
want it, they won't have it.