Prince Charles

The “rebel prince” is still mak­ing it his duty to be the most out­spo­ken of the Royal Fam­ily…

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Turns 70! Happy birth­day, HRH

Charles be­came the first Bri­tish heir to to earn a com­plete univer­sity de­gree

Age has been kind to the Prince of Wales, who’s per­haps be­come a lit­tle more com­fort­able in his own skin as the years have gone on.

How­ever as a fan of rock­ing the boat, de­fy­ing his par­ents – in­clud­ing the reign­ing monarch – and speak­ing his mind, Prince Charles has rubbed a lot of peo­ple up the wrong way in the course of his 70 years.

Yet, in­ter­est­ingly, as a child he was de­scribed by his Scot­tish gov­erness Miss Pee­bles as “hy­per­sen­si­tive, lonely, ex­ces­sively shy and given to quiet pur­suits like read­ing and paint­ing”.

The Prince of Wales was born at Buck­ing­ham Palace on Novem­ber 14, 1948.

And against tra­di­tion, the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh de­cided that lit­tle Charles would go to school rather than have a pri­vate tu­tor at the Palace, and so he started at Hill House school in West Lon­don in 1956.

In 1958, The Queen cre­ated Prince Charles The Prince of Wales and Earl of Ch­ester at just nine years old.

Most of Prince Charles’ ed­u­ca­tion was spent at Gor­don­stoun, the Scot­tish board­ing school which his father, Prince Philip, rec­om­mended – hav­ing at­tended the school as a boy him­self.

The Prince of Wales didn’t en­joy board­ing school, how­ever, and later de­scribed his time there as “dis­as­trous” and like a “prison sen­tence”. Scenes of bul­ly­ing and gen­eral un­hap­pi­ness have since been recre­ated by pop­u­lar drama­ti­sa­tions like TheCrown.

Yet the Prince of Wales would go on to be­come the first ever Bri­tish monarch or heir to the throne to earn a com­plete univer­sity de­gree.

At­tend­ing Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge, from 1967, Charles be­gan study­ing a range of sub­jects – his­tory, ar­chae­ol­ogy and an­thro­pol­ogy. In 1970, he was awarded a 2:2 de­gree.

This came just af­ter he was for­mally in­vested to the suc­ces­sion as Prince of Wales in a cer­e­mony in 1969.

Fol­low­ing Royal tra­di­tion, Prince Charles em­barked on a mil­i­tary ca­reer – as had Prince Philip be­fore him and as would his sons, Prince Wil­liam and Prince Harry.

As a young man, Prince Charles could be very out­spo­ken, to the point where it was viewed as med­dling be­cause of the many let­ters he sent to govern­ment min­is­ters.

He also be­came in­volved in many char­i­ties, and even set up The Prince’s Trust, a char­ity de­signed to help young peo­ple from un­der­priv­i­leged back­grounds.

From far left: Baby Charles in June, 1949; with the Queen on his fourth birth­day; with his par­ents and sib­lings at Wind­sor in 1968; and jet­ting off on a tour of the United States in 1977

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