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.
When supporters of one of two Australians wrongly held in Dubai since 2009 became disillusioned with what they saw as a lack of action by the Gillard government, they approached Prince Charles. He has taken a personal interest in the case, and has been briefed on it by a leading Australian Queen’s Counsel, Jack Rush.
The print version of The Australian’s front page exclusive report on 26 February, 2013 by Cameron Stewart is accompanied by a cartoon, showing a courtier on bended knee saying to Prince Charles “ Sire! There are a couple of colonials being held prisoner in Dubai!” Prince Charles, wearing a crown, says “ Fuel the jet” . The cartoon is titled “ CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY! HOW IT WORKS”
[The cartoon above is by Nicholson from “The Australian” newspaper: www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au. and appeared on the editorial page. We thank Mr. Nicholson and The Australian for their kind permission to post his cartoon. This permission should not of course be interpreted as indicating support for the ACM mission.]
Prince Charles has told the ITV daytime show of his worry about Prince Harry, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.
The Prince of Wales, speaking at Clarence House, said:
If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in these incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time.
Certainly every night I worry. But he [Prince Harry] loves doing what he's doing and he's brilliant at it.
I constantly meet the families of those who have lost their sons, husbands, brothers or sisters... and I have some understanding at least of what they go through.
Prince Charles was speaking as he backed This Morning's You Can Be Heroes Week, which aims to capitalise on the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and create a new army of volunteers across the UK. you may watch the video here
The Prince of Wales has given an interview with ITV's This Morning in support of You Can Be Heroes week, launching on Monday 7th January.
His Royal Highness is keen to sustain the positive atmosphere and pride that was felt throughout the UK following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Diamond Jubilee.
During an interview at Clarence House, The Prince's official London residence, with This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, The Prince said: "These sorts of occasions like the Olympics and the Jubilee bring out the best in people and I do know, from doing investitures on behalf of The Queen, just how many wonderful people there are doing these remarkable things and volunteering the whole time in their own communities. A lot of people don't realise how so many of these people keep the whole show on the road. There is something remarkable in this country I think, about the volunteering spirit."
On the occasion of the 64th birthday of the Prince of Wales, the English-Speaking Union (New South Wales Branch) and Australians for Constitutional Monarchy assembled at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Sydney on 14 November, 2012.
The meeting was addressed by Professor David Flint. His subject was "In praise of the Prince of Wales".
In this introduction Professor Flint indicated that he would attempt to answer three questions:
1. Who is Prince Charles? 2. How important is he to the governance of Australia, the United Kingdom and indeed the Commonwealth? 3. Will he succeed the Queen? This raises corollary issues about a republic - a politicians' republic - and the way Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be formally described.