Here's a look at the life Prince Charles, heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Birth date: November 14, 1948
Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, London, England
Mother: Queen Elizabeth II
Marriages: Camilla Parker Bowles (April 9, 2005-present), Lady Diana Spencer (July 29, 1981-August 28, 1996, divorced)
Education: Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, B.A., 1970, Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Lincolnshire, UK, 1971
Military: Royal Navy 1971-1976; Current military positions: Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant-General in the Army, Air Marshall in the Royal Air Force
Prince Charles is the first royal heir to earn a university degree.
He is president of the Prince's Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is also president or patron of more than 400 charitable organizations.
He enjoys playing polo, skiing, fishing and hunting. His hobbies include gardening, painting and writing.
As a child he acted in school productions, sang in the school choir, played the trumpet, the cello and the electric guitar.
His other interests include architecture and its effects on the environment, British history and tradition, farming, alternative medicine and different religions.
He is the longest British "monarch-in-waiting." King Edward VII, Queen Victoria's eldest son, became king at age 59 years and 2 months.
His full title is: 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.
He is descended from Romania's Vlad Tepes, the 15th century nobleman also known as Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Storker's Dracula.
February 6, 1952 - Three-year-old Prince Charles becomes the heir apparent, when his grandfather dies and his mother ascends the throne.
July 26, 1958 - Is named Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, by his mother before Parliament. He is the 21st Prince of Wales and the first since 1936.
July 1, 1969 - He is invested as the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester during a televised ceremony at Caernavon Castle.
February 11, 1970 - Takes his seat in the House of Lords.
September 1971 - Earns his wings for jet aircraft flying at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and joins the Royal Navy.
1974 - Qualifies as a helicopter pilot and joins the 845 Naval Air Squadron on the HMS Hermes. Two years later he completes his military service taking command of a coastal minehunter, the HMS Bronington.
1976 - Founds the Prince's Trust, a philanthropic venture to help disadvantaged youth.
July 29, 1981 - Wedding ceremony to Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral is televised.
June 7, 1992 - Excerpts of "Diana: Her True Story" by Andrew Morton, are published in the Sunday Times, revealing Camilla Parker-Bowles' role in the royal marriage.
December 9, 1992 - Prime Minister John Major announces the separation of Charles and Diana.
1993 - Affair with Parker-Bowles becomes public when the transcript of a 1989 intimate phone conversation between the two is made public.
June 29, 1994 - A televised documentary, "Charles: The Private Man, the Public Role," airs; in it he admits to adultery.
August 28, 1996 - Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce.
September 1997 - He accompanies the body of Princess Diana from Paris to London and during the funeral procession walks behind her coffin with his father, sons and Diana's brother, the earl of Spencer.
January 28, 1999 - The first public appearance as a couple with Parker-Bowles, when they are seen leaving the Ritz Hotel in London after a party.
June 2000 - Formally introduces Parker-Bowles to Queen Elizabeth II at a party held at the prince's country estate Highgrove.
April 9, 2005 - In a civil ceremony at Guildhall in Windsor with a blessing at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Charles and Camilla wed.
November 1-8, 2005 - Makes his first official visit to the United States since 1994.
October 2006 - Announces plans for second multi-faith coronation ceremony, if/when he is made king to include all non-Christian faiths and that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, be crowned Queen at the same time.
January 27, 2007 - Receives the Global Environmental Citizen Award from the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, presented by former Vice President Al Gore.
March 2009 - Is voted the best-dressed man in the world by the British edition of Esquire magazine. U.S. President Barack Obama comes in fourth.
May 6, 2009 - Releases video, "The Prince's Rainforest Awareness Campaign," starring celebrities, children, his sons, himself and Kermit the Frog, with each appearing alongside a large digital frog.
November 16, 2010 - Announces the engagement of eldest son, Prince William to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton.
December 9, 2010 - Student demonstrators breach security on the streets of London's West End and attack the 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI carrying the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall to a performance at the London Palladium. The couple escapes any physical harm. The students are protesting the hike in tuition fees.
May 8, 2013 - Attends the opening of Parliament for the first time in 17 years. This is first time he and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended the opening together.