Charles P A G Mountbatten-Windsor OM , Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales (from 1958) and Order of Merit recipient (from 2002)

Aged 72

Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948), is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Known alternatively in South West England as Duke of Cornwall and in Scotland as Duke of Rothesay, he is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the position since 1952. He is also the oldest person to be next in line to the throne since Sophia of Hanover (the heir presumptive to Queen Anne), who died in 1714 at the age of 83. 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 Navy from 1971 to 1976. In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer and they had two sons: Prince William (born 1982) later to become Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry (born 1984). In 1996, the couple divorced, following well-publicised extramarital affairs. Diana died in a car crash in Paris the following year. In 2005, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles's interests encompass a range of humanitarian and social issues: he founded The Prince's Trust in 1976, sponsors The Prince's Charities, and is patron of numerous other charitable and arts organisations. Charles has long championed organic farming for which he established the Duchy Home Farm, run by the Duchy of Cornwall, which produces ingredients for the Duchy Originals brand which he founded in 1990. Charles has sought to raise world awareness of the dangers facing the natural environment, such as climate change. As an environmentalist, he has received numerous awards and recognition from environmental groups around the world. His support for alternative medicine, including homeopathy, has been criticised by some in the medical community. He has been outspoken on the role of architecture in society and the conservation of historic buildings. Subsequently, Charles created Poundbury, an experimental new town based on his theories, in Dorset in 1993. He has authored a number of books, including A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture in 1989 and the children's book The Old Man of Lochnagar in 1980.

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Albert Dock Built 1841-1846 Opened by HRH The Prince Consort 30th July 1846 Restored 1983-1988 Re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales 24th May 1988

Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they was (1988)

The Iron Bridge 1779-1979 This plaque to mark the bicentenary of the Iron Bridge was unveiled by HRH The Prince of Wales on 5 July 1979

The Iron Bridge - Tontine Hill, Ironbridge, United Kingdom where they unveiled (1979)

Edward Elgar 1857 - 1934 This statue was unveiled by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales 2nd June 1981

High Street (near the statue of Edward Elgar), Worcester, United Kingdom where they unveiled

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron This Museum was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on 5 July 1979

Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, United Kingdom where they opened

The Millennium Seed Bank in The Wellcome Trust Millennium Building opened by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales 20th November 2000.

Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, United Kingdom where they opened

The Kursaal. Harrogate Council's 1898 competition for the design of a Kursaal or "Cure Hall" was won by London architect Robert Beale, who worked with Frank Matcham, England's most celebrated theatrical designer. The Kursaal was opened by Sir Hubert Parry on 28th May 1903 and is the only remaining building of its type in the country. Intended to complement the town's other spa facilities the Kursaal contained many innovations that provided great flexibility of use. Renamed the "Royal Hall" in 1918, the building has been host to the greatest artists of the day - from Sir Edward Elgar to The Beatles. Following a complete restoration from 2006-8, Matcham's spectacular interior now contains more gold leaf than any similar auditorium in England. The much-loved building was reopened by HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, on 22nd January 2008.

Ripon Road, Harrogate, United Kingdom where they re-opened

The Kidwelly Industrial Museum was opened on 23 June 1988 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Kidwelly Industrial Museum, Kidwelly, United Kingdom where they opened

A 14 year old Prince Charles ordered a cherry brandy here and was smuggled away by car [full inscription unknown]

Crown Hotel, Castle Street, Stornoway, United Kingdom where they was

1873 - 1988 The National Waterways Museum opened by HRH the Prince of Wales on 5th August 1988

Gloucester Waterways Museum - Llanthony Warehouse - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, United Kingdom where they opened (1988)

This Tithe Barn was opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on 23 October 2008

English translation: Agorwyd yr ysgubor ddegwm hon gan el uchelder brenhinol Tywysog Cymru ar 23 ain Hydref 2008

Monk Street, Abergavenny, United Kingdom where they opened (2008)

AITH LIFEBOAT PIER This pier was opened by H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES on the occasion of the naming of R.N.L.B "SNOLDA" by H.R.H PRINCESS OF WALES on 29th July 1986

Pier, Aith, Shetland, United Kingdom where they was

Royal Visit to Anglesey 9th August 1958 This plaque expresses the pride of the people of Holyhead at the fact that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and H.R.H. Princess Anne Came ashore here on the 9th August 1958 and that this was the first visit by Prince Charles to the Principality after his creation as Prince of Wales

Newry Beach, Holyhead, United Kingdom where they visited (1958)