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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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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