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Prince Charles is the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and is the heir apparent to the British throne.
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At three years old, Prince Charles became the heir apparent to British throne when his mother, Elizabeth, became Queen. His marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles made him the subject of scrutiny.
With her marriage to Prince Charles in turmoil, Princess Diana sought to change herself by losing weight, seeking treatment for her bulimia, and cutting her hair.
The "Wedding of the Century" took place on July 29th, 1981, when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and became Diana, Princess of Wales. The wedding was watched on television by 750 million people worldwide.
On June 7, 1992, Andrew Morton's book "Diana: Her True Story" was released. Diana had allowed herself to be tape recorded and confessed all of the details of her marriage, including her suicide attempts and Charles' affair with Camilla.
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Prince Charles is the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and the heir apparent to the British throne. Charles has been under public scrutiny his entire life, much of it due to his relationships with women. He admitted to adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles during his marriage to Princess Diana,
and eventually married her. He and Diana had two sons, Prince William and Prince Henry.
Prince of Wales and philanthropist Charles Born on November 14, 1948, in London, England. Prince Charles, the son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, ascended the royal hierarchy at an early age. His mother became queen when he was only three after the death of his grandfather King George VI. As her oldest child, Charles became the heir apparent to the British throne and received the title of Duke of Cornwall.
In 1956, Charles went to the Hill House School in West London before heading off to boarding school at the Cheam School the following year. In addition to his school work, he had increased responsibilities as he was made the Prince of Wales at the age of nine. Beginning in 1962, Charles changed schools again to go to Gordonstoun in Scotland. He also studied in Australia during his time there.
A strong student, Charles studied archaeology, anthropology and history at Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1970. In addition to his studies, he was active in campus life, involving himself in several activities, such as playing on the polo team. After receiving his degree in 1970, Charles began a military career.
After six months of aviation training with the Royal Air Force, Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1971. He served as a helicopter pilot and even commanded a ship before leaving the military in 1976. That same year, Charles established The Prince's Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of Britain's disadvantaged youth.
As a public figure, Charles came off to many as intelligent, aloof, and a bit awkward. He was used to having every move he made scrutinized by the press, but even he could not have been imagined what a sensation his relationship with Lady Diana Spencer would cause. The two had known each other when they were young but were reintroduced in the late 1970s. Despite a 13-year age difference as well as divergent interests, the couple became engaged in February 1981. The public took a strong liking to his shy, former kindergarten teacher fiancée; they found her more accessible than the reserved prince. They were married on July 29, 1981, in a lavish ceremony that was broadcast around the world and watched millions of people.
Charles and Diana had two children together. Their first son, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, was born on June 21, 1982, and their second son, Prince Henry "Harry" Charles Albert David, was born on September 15, 1984. Unfortunately, their common love for their children was not enough to hold the fairy tale marriage together.
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