His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Charles Philip Arthur George was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948. He is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince became Heir to the British Throne at the age of three when his mother became queen in 1952.
- Early life and education
- Military service
- Marriage and family
- Charitable work and military appointments
- Tours of Canada
Early life and education
In 1956, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales became the first heir apparent to go to school rather than have a private tutor. The young Prince attended three schools in Britain and spent two terms as an exchange student in Melbourne, Australia.
From 1967 to 1970, The Prince studied archaeology, anthropology and history at Cambridge University. He also learned to speak Welsh at the University College of Wales.
In 1971, The Prince of Wales began a naval career, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and two of his great-grandfathers. The Prince qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining 845 Naval Air Squadron, which operated from the Commando carrier HMS Hermes.
While serving on HMS Hermes in Canadian waters in 1975, the Prince of Wales spent a week in the Northwest Territories.
Marriage and family
On July 29, 1981, The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer. The couple visited Canada in 1983, 1986 and 1991.
In December 1992, The Prince of Wales and Princess Diana separated. The marriage was dissolved four years later. Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997.
In February 2005, the Prince announced his engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles. They married in a civil ceremony on April 9, 2005. A prayer service and a reception followed at Windsor Castle.
After the wedding, Camilla Parker Bowles became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Prince of Wales visited Canada with The Duchess of Cornwall, in November 2009. This was the first official visit to this country for them as a couple.
Charitable work and military appointments
The Prince of Wales is patron or president of more than 400 organizations around the world. These patronages reflect The Prince's diverse interests, ranging from youth and education to organic agriculture and architecture.
The Prince of Wales' patronages include Canadian organizations, such as Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, Canadian Warplane Heritage, The Regina Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
During his royal visits to Canada, His Royal Highness was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of:
- The Air Reserve of Canada;
- Lord Strathcona's Horse ("Royal Canadians");
- The Royal Winnipeg Rifles;
- The Royal Regiment of Canada;
- The Royal Canadian Dragoons;
- The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada; and
- The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own).
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