1948 (14th November)
1948 (15th December)
Charles and his parents moved to Clarence House, London.
1950 (15th August)
Charles’s sister, Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born to Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Clarence House, London.
Princess Elizabeth frequently stood in for her father at public events due to his declining health.
1952 (31st January)
Charles and his sister remained in England when his parents Elizabeth and Philip left Britain to begin a tour of East Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
1952 (6th February)
King George VI died from lung cancer. He was succeeded by Princess Elizabeth who became Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Charles became Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Lord of the Isles and Baron Renfrew upon his mother’s accession to the throne.
1952 (15th February)
The funeral of Charles’s grandfather, King George VI was held at St George’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey.
A governess, Catherine Peebles, was appointed to oversea Charles’s education.
1953 (24th March)
1953 (2nd June)
Elizabeth was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey by Dr Geoffrey Fisher Archbishop of Canterbury. Charles and his sister, Anne, attended the ceremony. It was the first royal coronation to be televised.
1953 (24th November)
Charles and Anne remained in England when Queen Elizabeth and Philip left Britain to make a seven-month tour of the Commonwealth.
1954 (15th May)
Elizabeth and Philip returned to Britain.
1956 (7th November)
Prince Charles began attending Hill House School in London.
1957 (27th February)
Charles’s father, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was granted the style HRH.
Prince Charles was sent to Cheam Prep School in Berkshire.
1958 (26th July)
Prince Charles was created Earl of Chester and Prince of Wales.
1960 (19th February)
Charles’s brother, Andrew Albert Christian Edward was born to Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, London.
1960 (6th May)
Charles’s aunt, Margaret, married Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Charles was sent to Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
1964 (14th November)
Charles’s brother, Edward Antony Richard Louis was born to Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, London.
Charles was confirmed at St George’s Chapel, Windsor by Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Prince Charles spent time at Timbertop Campus, Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia.
Charles left school. He had gained six O Levels (GCSEs) and 2 A-Levels in History and French.
Prince Charles began attending Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied Anthropology, Archaeology and History.
Prince Charles spent a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth where he studied Welsh history and the Welsh language.
Charles began taking flying lessons with the Royal Air Force.
Prince Charles was made a Knight of the Garter.
1969 (1st July)
Charles was invested as Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle.
1970 (11th February)
Prince Charles took up his seat in the House of Lords.
1970 (23rd June)
Charles left University with a 2:2 Bachelor of Arts degree.
Charles began a relationship with Camilla Shand daughter of Major Bruce Shand.
1971 (8th March)
Charles began training as a jet pilot at Air Force College, Cranwell.
Charles joined the Royal Navy and began by attending the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
Prince Charles began serving on HMS Norfolk.
Prince Charles began serving on HMS Minerva.
Charles’s relationship with Camilla Shand ended. Later that year she announced her engagement to Andrew Parker Bowles. However, Charles and Camilla remained friends.
Charles had a relationship with Lady Jane Wellesley, daughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington. The relationship ended the following year.
1973 (14th November)
Charles’s sister, Princess Anne, married Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Charles began serving on HMS Jupiter.
Prince Charles qualified as a helicopter pilot and joined 845 Naval Air Squadron on HMS Hermes.
1974 (13th June)
Prince Charles made his first speech in the House of Lords. He spoke of the importance of recreation.
Charles had a relationship with Davina Sheffield granddaughter of Lord McGowan.
1975 (2nd August)
Prince Charles was awarded a Master of Arts degree by Cambridge University.
Prince Charles was made a Knight of the Bath.
The Prince’s Trust was founded by Charles. It is an organisation that supports struggling 11 – 30 year old young people.
1976 (9th February)
Prince Charles began serving on HMS Bronington, a coastal minehunter.
Charles had a relationship with Sarah Spencer, daughter of Earl Spencer.
Charles proposed to Amanda Knatchbull, granddaughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten but she turned him down. Mountbatten was second cousin to the Queen and Charles had always been close to him.
1977 (17th May)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip embarked on a three month tour of Britain to celebrate her Silver Jubilee.
1977 (7th June)
Celebrations were held throughout the commonwealth to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Charles had a relationship with Sabrina Guinness, daughter of banker James Guinness.
1979 (27th August)
Charles was devastated when Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by an IRA bomb off the Western coast of Ireland.
Charles turned to Camilla, now Parker Bowles, for support as he dealt with grief over the loss of Mountbatten. It is believed that they may have had
Charles had a relationship with Anna Wallace, daughter of landowner, Hamish Wallace. He proposed to her but she turned him down.
Highgrove House was purchased for Prince Charles.
Prince Charles met Diana Spencer
, sister of his former girlfriend Sarah Spencer at a barbecue. She spoke kindly to him regarding the death of Mountbatten and he began to consider her as a future wife. They began dating soon afterwards.
The book ‘The Old Man of Lochnagar’ by Prince Charles, was published
1981 (24th February)
Prince Charles, announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer.
1981 (29th July)
Prince Charles married Lady Diana Frances Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral. After their marriage they made their home at Kensington Palace and Highgrove House.
1982 (21st June)
1984 (15th September)
The marriage of Charles and Diana had broken down. Charles rekindled his love with Camilla Parker Bowles while Diana began a relationship with James Hewitt.
1989 (21st October)
The Book ‘A Vision of Britain’ written by Charles, was published.
The Book ‘Rain Forest Lecture’ written by Charles, was published.
The book ‘HRH the Prince of Wales Watercolours’ was published
1992 (7th June)
The Sunday Times published the first part of Andrew Morton’s book ‘Diana, Her True Story’ which was fiercely critical of the Royal family.
1992 (20th November)
Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth’s properties, was partly destroyed by a fire.
1992 (24th November)
Queen Elizabeth made a speech calling 1992 her annus horribilis.
1992 (9th December)
Prime Minister John Major announced in the House of Commons that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were to separate.
1994 (29th June)
A BAe 146 aircraft being flown by Prince Charles crashed in the Hebrides. Shortly afterwards Charles announced that he had given up flying.
1996 (28th August)
The marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was formally dissolved.
1997 (31st August)
Lady Diana Spencer was killed in a car crash in Paris. Charles flew to Paris with Diana’s sisters to accompany the body back to England.
1997 (early September)
The Queen was fiercely criticised for remaining in Scotland rather than returning to London and also for not flying the flag on Buckingham Palace at half mast following the death of Lady Diana.
1997 (5th September)
Queen Elizabeth made a public broadcast commending Diana and expressing her feelings as a grandmother for her two grandsons.
2002 (9th February)
Elizabeth’s sister, Margaret, died following a stroke.
2002 (30th March)
Elizabeth’s mother, Elizabeth
known as the Queen Mother, died at the age of 101.
2002 (30th April)
Celebrations were held throughout the Commonwealth to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. During the year Queen Elizabeth
and Prince Philip
visited Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia and Canada as well as the four countries of the United Kingdom.
2005 (10th February)
The engagement of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker Bowles was announced.
2005 (8th April)
Prince Charles attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome.
2005 (9th April)
Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles at the Guildhall, Windsor. Afterwards the couple had a blessing at St George’s Chapel. The Queen did not attend the marriage because it was a civil ceremony but she and Prince Philip attended the blessing.
2006 (21st April)
Elizabeth celebrated her 80th birthday.
2006 (17th June
A service of Thanksgiving was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor and also at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s official 80th birthday.
Prince Charles was awarded the Global Environment Citizen Award. He is a long-time champion of environmental issues.
2007 (20th November)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Prince Charles founded The Prince’s Charities Canada, an organisation that connects the Canadian charities supported by Charles.
2010 (6th December)
Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, by Prince Charles, was published.
2011 (29th April)
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Prince Charles and Camilla visited Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea while William and his wife Kate Middleton visited Tuvalu.
2012 (2nd – 5th June)
Celebrations were held throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Despite poor weather thousands turned out to witness the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant where 1,000 boats and barges sailed up the River in procession. A live concert was also held outside Buckingham Palace and Charles made a speech to his mother.
The Prince’s Trust Australia was founded to support disadvantaged young people in Australia.
2013 (22nd July)
A son, George, was born to Prince William and Catherine. He became third in line to the throne.
2015 (2nd May)
A daughter, Charlotte, was born to Prince William and Catherine. She became fourth in line to the throne.
2015 (9th September)
Queen Elizabeth became the longest reigning British monarch having surpassed the reign of Queen Victoria.
2016 (21st April)
The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday.
2017 (9th September)
2018 (20th April)
Leaders of the Commonwealth voted that Prince Charles should succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth.
2018 (23rd April)
A son, Louis Arthur Charles was born to Prince William and Catherine. He became fifth in line to the throne.
2018 (19th May)
married Meghan Markle
at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. In the absence of her father, Charles escorted Meghan down the aisle.
2018 (12th October)
Charles attended the wedding of his niece, Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel Windsor. Camilla did not attend due to a previous engagement.
2019 (7th March)
Queen Elizabeth II hosted an event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales.
2019 (late March)
Prince Charles and Camilla made a tour of Cuba.
2020 (8th January)
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan announced that they would be stepping back from being senior royals. They expressed a wish to divide their time between the UK and north America and will work to become financially independent. They will maintain their current patronages and will set up a new charitable foundation.
2020 (18th January)
It was officially announced that Prince Harry and Meghan would step back from Royal duties and would not receive public funding. They would no longer use their HRH titles nor would they represent the Queen. Harry and Meghan also stated that they would repay the £2.4 million public money used to refurbish Frogmore Cottage.
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