Prince Charles, (Charles Philip Arthur George) The Prince of Wales, KG KT GCB OM AK QSO CD SOM GCL PC AdC(P) FRS was born on 14 November 1948.
As the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, he is the heir apparent to sixteen Realms including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Since 1958, his principal title has been HRH The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay.Prince Charles was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun Schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. He spent two terms at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar in Australia.
On being awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, Prince Charles served with the Royal Navy from 1971 to 76. He married Lady Diana Spencer before an enormous worldwide television audience in 1981. They had two sons, Prince William of Wales in 1982 and Prince Harry of Wales in 1984. The marriage was dissolved in in 1996.
Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.
In 2005, the Prince married Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Apart from his education in 1967, Prince Charles has often been in Australia, in particular in 1970, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1994 1996 and 2005
..remarkable charity work...
The prince is well-known for his charity work and sponsors The Prince's Trust, The Prince's Regeneration Trust, and the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, among other charities.
ACM has long been indicating something newsworthy not much mentioned in the media - in a typical year he raises around one quarter of a billion dollars (A$1 billion) for charity.
He has been outspoken concerning architecture and the conservation of old buildings and has produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain (1989). He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to the bravery, dedication and sacrifices of those who fought for their country in the Second World War in a commemoration of the 65th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) in London on 15 August 2010.
Their Royal Highnesses met and spoke with veterans of the conflict and their families, along with representatives from the three Military Services at a reception hosted by the Burma Star Association, after the service.
The commemoration service celebrated the achievements of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the Allies in their victory in the Far East, and paid tribute to the 580,406 UK and Commonwealth Forces and 67,073 UK civilians who lost their lives during the Second World War.
Elderly servicemen, many wearing their campaign medals, came together at the Cenotaph at Westminster to remember their comrades who did not come back from the war.
The half-hour remembrance began with prayers, followed by the Last Post and a minute’s silence.
The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the base of the Cenotaph, as did Prime Minister David Cameron and representatives of the Armed Forces and veterans from Second World War Associations.
After the National Anthem, veterans and Standards of the Second World War Associations marched past the Cenotaph to warm applause from the crowds.
At the reception, Their Royal Highnesses talked with veterans as they were served refreshments.
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The Prince of Wales has always held the bravery of those who fought in the Far East in the highest regard. In 2005 as part of the 60th anniversary of VJ Day, The Prince made a speech at a reception in London (Follow the link at "Read More " below).
He said: “Yours is such a special generation – stoical, loyal, indefatigable and dutiful. You have been the bedrock of this country for all these years and it will not be the same without you. We salute you with all our hearts.”
Prince Charles met with senior ISAF officers as well as Australian, New Zealand and British troops in Kabul before travelling to Helmand in a show of support to the British forces in the southern province.HRH is the most senior member of the Royal Family to visit Afghanistan.
Australian and New Zealand troops at the ISAF HQ in Kabul with His Royal Highness Prince Charles during a surprise visit by the Prince of Wales to Afghanistan in late March.
[L-R: SGT Mike Havill (RNZAF), CPL Chris Crooks, CPL Trish Reynolds (RAAF), SGT Wayne Morley, COL John Mackenzie, SQNLDR Tony Peck (not very clear on HRH right shoulder) HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, WO2 Bruce Hillary, MAJGEN Ash Power, CAPT Sarah Hawke, MAJ Les D'Monte, LTCOL Mike Duncan (NZ Army), MAJ Peter Mortimer (NZ Army)]
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Explaining the reason for his visit, Prince Charles said:"The main reason is that I admire deeply the Armed Forces and support what they are doing wherever I possibly can.
"The other thing also is that I have quite a large number of regiments of which I am colonel-in-chief; there are all sorts of other units in the force in which I try to take an interest. So while my people are out here I wanted to come and see them and sadly it has been difficult up until this time."
"So I am thrilled to have got here at last because I just wanted to see the kind of conditions they were in and also to try to generally take an interest and encourage."
Speaking about the difficulties faced by the families of those on operations Prince Charles added:"It's a very, very worrying time for all the families when their loved ones are out here. As we know, particularly The Rifles have been having a bloody awful time in Sangin, which is obviously a particularly difficult area, and my heart goes out to them and their families."
"We're standing here with a memorial in the background to all those people who have given their lives for this country."
"And interestingly the elders I met today, all of them have been expressing immense appreciation for the fact that they have died, they were saying we'll never forget them."
"For the families, I know when my youngest son was out here, as a parent you worry the whole time. If you're out here, perhaps you're getting on with everything so it's not the same. But for everybody left behind it's ghastly."
"But having said that, the families are the most wonderful support for their loved ones. That's what they do so magnificently, and we're very lucky indeed to have so many families who have, for instance, two or three sons in the Armed Forces and go on for several generations."
" It makes me incredibly proud of what they do out here."
He is the most senior member of the royal family to travel to the country since the conflict began in 2001. Prince Charles has spent two days in the country, visiting the capital Kabul and various military bases, reports Andy Jack of Sky News, 25 March, 2010.
Commander in Chief of 10 regiments, the Prince spent the night with soldiers at Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province, after becoming the "the only royal in living memory" to visit Kabul, Clarence House said. He told Britain's military leaders and frontline soldiers: "We owe a huge amount to all of you operating in a remarkable team."
In Kabul he met civilians involved in regeneration efforts. He also spoke to tribal and religious leaders and senior government ministers, discussing their perspectives on reintroducing stability to the region. His spokesman said he had been "very pleased" to have spent time with troops, having been "keen" to make the trip for several years.
Sky News reported that the Prince, wearing an armoured jacket with goggles and helmet, visited bases in Nad-e-Ali, where much of the UK's effort was based during Operation Moshtarak, and Lashkar Gah. After being told of the progress troops were making, Charles left a wreath paying tribute to dead soldiers at Camp Bastion.
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He was also given a chance to try out British troops' mine clearance equipment. He spoke to President Hamid Karzai before flying in but they were unable to meet during the visit. During the tour, Charles said he felt "incredibly proud of what they do out here".He also paid tribute to the role played by relatives of soldiers at home.
"The families are the most wonderful support to their loved ones - that is what they do so magnificently."
It comes more than two years after his son, Prince Harry, returned from frontline duty. Charles said: "As a parent, you worry the whole time. I think, if you are out here, you are getting on with everything and it's not the same. But for everyone left behind it's ghastly."
According to Sky News, the Prince met General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US and Nato troops, and Afghan District Governor Gulab Mangal.
He flew into the Afghan National Army brigade camp of Shorabak in an RAF Chinook helicopter, close to Camp Bastion, where he was greeted by an Afghan guard of honour before speaking with Afghan troops and their British mentors from 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.
Sky's chief correspondent, Stuart Ramsay, who is in Kabul, said: "This visit is a surprise - no doubt about it - a remarkable trip for Prince Charles. Audacious is a good description of it."
Prince Charles has leapt to the aid of Australian, New Zealand and British wool producers, launching a project to increase demand for fleece, reports News Limited (27/1). The Prince launched a new initiative to boost the struggling wool industry on 28 January, 2010 at the National Trust's Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. The Prince's Wool Project is a collaboration of various interest groups including fashion designers, high street retailers, manufacturers and farming groups in this country and abroad.
The aim is to increase the desirability of wool and raise awareness of the benefits of wool as a natural, biodegradable and fire-retardant fabric, an objective which is very important to graziers and others in the Australian wool industry . Prince Charles spoke of the benefits of wool over artificial fibre and referred to the next stage will be Wool Week in September.