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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Prince Charles Philip Arthur George was born on Nov. 14, 1948 at Buckingham Palace. He is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Shown here is Charles riding in a stroller pushed by his nanny in Green Park, London, Nov. 4, 1950.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Prince Charles is shown here with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth I, and Pippin the dog in 1950.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Princess Elizabeth watches her son Prince Charles playing in his toy car while at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Sept. 28, 1952.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    From left to right, the Queen Mother, a rather bored Prince Charles and Princess Margaret Rose stand in the royal box at Westminster Abbey to watch the Coronation ceremony of Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, June 2, 1953.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, May 12, 1958.
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  • Prince Charles

    Being the heir to the throne isn't always easy. Prince Charles was just 9 years old when his mother made him Prince of Wales. He heard the announcement on the radio at his prep school, Cheam, where many of the boys enjoyed bullying the young prince.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle with their children in 1965. Prince Charles stands in the back with Princess Anne as Prince Andrew stands in the front. Elizabeth is holding little Prince Edward.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Prince Charles with his mother Queen Elizabeth II in 1969.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, attended Cambridge University in 1967 to study archaeology and anthropology at Trinity College. He later changed to history. Charles is shown here as an undergrad in his room at Trinity College, April 1, 1969.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Queen Elizabeth II crowns her son Charles, Prince of Wales, during his investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle, July 1, 1969. Before the investiture, the prince spent a term at the University College of Wales learning to speak Welsh.
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    Charles was formally invested as Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969, a few months before his 21st birthday. After graduating from Cambridge University, he went on to serve in the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    In 1971, Prince Charles joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) Cranwell in Lincolnshire to train as a jet pilot, and became a qualified helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining 845 Naval Air Squadron. His naval service included serving on the guided missile destroyer HMS Norfolk and two frigates. Shown here is Charles wearing a flying kit during a visit to RAF Wittering, July 13, 1977.
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  • Prince Charles' Life in Photos

    Charles, Prince of Wales, windsurfing in November 1979.
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    Prince Charles is greeted by well-wishers after finishing as runner-up in the Madhatters Private Sweepstakes at Plumpton race course, Sussex, March 4, 1980. The Prince rode American horse Long Wharf, in a race that featured a host of stars and personalities.
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  • Wedding

    It seemed like a scene out of a fairy tale when Prince Charles, 32, married Lady Diana Spencer, just 20, on July 29, 1981. But Diana was not ready for the pressures of royal life.
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    Shown here is the couple on the banks of the River Dee in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland while on their honeymoon in 1981.
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  • Prince Charles and family 1982

    Charles and Diana became the parents of Prince William on June 21, 1982. Two years later, Prince Harry was born on Sept. 15, 1984. The couple's marriage went quickly downhill after that. Charles thought Diana emotionally unstable; she was suspicious of Camilla Parker Bowles.
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  • Diana funeral

    Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, a year after her divorce from Charles. The royal family fared badly in the public outpouring of grief and rage. Shown here are Prince William and Prince Harry, ages 15 and 12 at the time, as well as Prince Charles watching Diana's funeral procession through London.
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  • Charles and Camilla

    In the years after Diana's death, Charles devoted time to his sons -- and gradually went more public with his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles. In February 2005, after three decades together, they announced they would marry.
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  • The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales

    The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales visit Ground Zero, the site of the former World Trade Center in New York. This was the royal couple's first stop during their eight-day American tour in 2005.
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  • The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales

    Prince Charles and Camilla view the center stone they unveiled in New York's Hanover Square for the British Memorial Garden in 2005 to commemorate the 67 British victims of the 9/11 attacks.
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  • The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales

    After visiting Ground Zero, Prince Charles met United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at U.N. headquarters in New York in 2005.
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  • Prince William, Brother Harry Arrive For Royal Wedding

    Britain's Prince Charles, left, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding in London, April, 29, 2011.
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