Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince Charles is the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. He is next in line for the throne in the British royal family. He is the longest monarch-in-waiting in British history.

Charles was previously married to Princess Diana, with whom he had two sons: Prince William and Prince Harry. He is currently married to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Charles became the heir apparent to the British throne at the age of three when his mother became queen after King George VI’s death in 1952. He has three younger siblings: Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

Charles is the first royal heir to have received his university degree. He studied archaeology, anthropology, and history at Trinity College, which is a part of the University of Cambridge. Charles trained in aviation with the Royal Air Force and joined the Royal Navy in 1971.

Charles married Diana on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The couple had two sons, William and Harry, before officially divorcing in 1996. He married Camilla in 2005.

Charles is a published author. He released a children’s story in 1980 (The Old Man of Lochnagar). In 2010, he debuted Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, and in 2012, he published The Prince’s Speech: On the Future of Food.

  • Full Name: Charles Philip Arthur George
  • Age: 72 years old (Born on November 14, 1948)
  • Height: 5′ 8″
  • Royal Title: His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland
  • Children: Prince William and Prince Harry
  • Grandchildren: Prince George, Princess CharlottePrince Louis, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
  • Marriage(s): Princess Diana (1981–1996), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2005-current)

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