Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George, born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II. He has been Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, and is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history. He is also the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held that title since 1958.
Charles was born at Buckingham Palace as the first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. He was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun Schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child, as well as the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia. After earning a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, Charles served in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy from 1971 to 1976.
In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer and they had two sons: Prince William (b. 1982)—later to become Duke of Cambridge—and Prince Harry (b. 1984). In 1996, the couple divorced following well-publicised extramarital affairs by both parties. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris the following year. In 2005, Charles married long-time girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles.
Links To Peel
On his 12 September 1979 show, Peel went on to say his Jim'll Fix It choice would be to go for a drink with Prince Charles as he seems interesting.
Peel mentioned being delighted in receiving pre-printed christmas cards from Prince Charles and Kenickie on his 21 December 1996 show and commented that the Prince Charles card came about as a result of his friend who worked for the Prince's Trust.
Peel was awarded the O.B.E. (Order Of The British Empire) in 1998 from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London and made a comment that the Prince and his courtiers seemed to have the same haircuts since they were eight years old.
Despite receiving the award, he was critical of the Royal Family on a Guardian article published on 1st June 2002, claiming that they don't serve any real purpose and are the victims of royalty as much as the taxpayers.