Photo Gallery of King Charles’ Life

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As a monarch, King Charles has led a remarkable life. From his early years to his career milestones, marriages, and numerous trips abroad, we have followed him. He has served in both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, has a passion for architecture, and takes on hundreds of engagements each year. In addition to his royal duties, the late Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest child is renowned for being a devoted family man. He is best known for being Camilla’s husband, the father of Princes William and Harry, and the grandfather of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie, and Lilibet. Click through to see some of his most significant and unforgettable life moments captured in photographs.

1948

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Elizabeth II, Charles’ mother, is shown rocking a sleepy baby Charles when he was just one month old. His birth took place at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948.

1949

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Posing for a photo with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

1951

Upon the family’s return from Malta, he was seen walking hand in hand with his father, Prince Philip, at the London airport.

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1953

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Posing for a portrait as a toddler at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle.

1955

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Prince Charles wore a kilt in the Balmoral Estate grounds.

1968

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Princess Anne and Prince Charles at the Braemar Royal Highland gathering, observing the yearly games.

1968

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Playing cricket against a team of Grand Prix racing car racers.

1969

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Prince Charles at the University of Cambridge, in his room.

1969

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At Caernarfon Castle for his solemn investiture as Prince of Wales.

1969

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He is crowned Prince of Wales at the investiture while knelt before Queen Elizabeth II.

1969

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Following the service, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles stroll together.

1970

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Carrying his younger brother, Prince Edward, for a go-kart trip through Windsor Castle’s grounds.

1970

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attending a tennis match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships while sitting in the stands.

1971

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On a four-day safari across Kenya’s Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve.

1974

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At Windsor Great Park, he changed into a new outfit.

1975

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Following a polo match, Prince Charles is captured in a snapshot.

1975

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At Windsor’s Smith’s Lawn with Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.

1975

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On Parliament Hill in Ottawa, talking with a group of well-wishers from Canada.

1976

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At the Badminton Horse Trials, Prince Charles proudly displays a beard.

1978

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Before a game, standing next to Jane Ward at Windsor’s Smith’s Lawn Polo Grounds.

1979

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fishing and having fun.

1980

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During a break on a three-day walk over Nepal’s Himalayan foothills.

1981

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Holding a formal photocall to reveal his engagement to Diana Spencer at Buckingham Palace.

1981

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On the Buckingham Palace balcony on their wedding day with his bride, Princess Diana.

1981

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Posing for a photograph in New Zealand’s Lake Manapouri.

1982

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With their newborn baby, Prince William, Prince Charles and Princess Diana left the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital.

1983

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At Kensington Palace, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Prince William (carrying a toy koala) pose for a family portrait.

1984

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Charles grabs William’s hand as they arrive at St Mary’s Hospital to see Princess Diana and baby Prince Harry.

1985

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Giving his mother a hearty kiss on the head as she presented him with a trophy after a polo event in Windsor.

1985

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Charles sits for a photograph with his two boys, Harry and William, at Kensington Palace.

1986

During his trip in Japan, he sketched in the grounds of Omiya Palace.

1986

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In a happy family portrait taken in Kensington Palace, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry all grin.

1994

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At Ginkel Heide in Arnhem, Netherlands.

1996

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Exploring Turkmenistan’s Merv archaeological site.

1997

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At their vacation residence, Balmoral, in Scotland, Prince William, Prince Charles, and Prince Harry smile for the camera.

1997

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In Norway for King Harald and Queen Sonja’s birthday celebrations.

2002

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On the ski slopes in Klosters, Switzerland, with Prince William.

2005

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At Windsor Castle for his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles.

2008

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In honor of his 60th birthday, he posed for an official portrait.

2009

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Kissing his mother’s hand after receiving the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

2011

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During their tour to the Apache Conversion Course, Prince Harry and King Charles standing in front of an Apache helicopter.

2013

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At the Royal Ascot, he and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are laughing together.

2014

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Having fun with Prince Harry during the Invictus Games’ London opening ceremony.

2014

Posing in front of the Mexican city of Campeche’s Edzn√° archaeological site.

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2015

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Arriving in a carriage at Ascot Racecourse for the first day of the Royal Ascot.

2015

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At the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin, New Zealand, giggling with Camilla.

2016

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On the first day of their royal tour of the United Arab Emirates, they visited the Grand Mosque.

2018

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Prince Charles is holding Prince Louis.

2018

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At the St. George’s Chapel wedding to his son Prince Harry, Charles walked Meghan Markle down the aisle.

2018

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A touching portrait of his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

2018

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Talking to Camilla at the reopening of The Strand Hall in Wales.

2018

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On Buckingham Palace’s balcony to watch a flypast commemorating the Royal Air Force’s centennial.

2018

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Dancers performing a greeting at Christiansborg Castle in Accra, Ghana.

2019

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Giggling with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

2019

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During the first official royal visit to Cuba, Prince Charles makes a mojito.

2019

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Throughout the Order of the Garter service, Prince William and Prince Charles walk in a procession.

2019

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Visiting the Royal Botanic Park and petting Peter, a blue iguana.

2019

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Princes Charles and Camilla attend a reception at the Governor-General’s residence on the Caribbean island of Nevis.

2019

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Prince Charles and Camilla commemorate the reopening of Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2019

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Prince Charles poses for a photograph at the British Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

2019

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Prince Charles pays a visit to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi, India.

2019

While touring the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Waitangi, New Zealand, Prince Charles and Camilla attend a reception.

2019

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles are seated at the Houses of Parliament in London, England, for the State Opening of Parliament.

2019

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Prince Charles poses for a group portrait with dancers after his public ocean event at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands.

2019

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At Portsmouth’s Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Prince Charles attends the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales’ ceremonial commissioning ceremony.

2020

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The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles get ready to board a brand-new electric double-decker bus at Clarence House.

2020

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Prince Charles chats with traders while visiting Leicester Market, the biggest covered outdoor market in Europe.

2020

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Apparently, even royals enjoy Game of Thrones. Charles is shown here visiting a display at the Ulster Museum that was motivated by the performance.

2020

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The coronavirus outbreak changed how holidays were spent at Buckingham Palace in 2020. The conversation between Charles and Camilla and Queen Elizabeth is taking place at a social distance.

2021

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Prince Charles is among the royal family members who visit the Eden Project while in England for the G7 Summit.

2021

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During the Royal Albert Hall premiere of No Time to Die, Charles strikes a glamorous pose.

2021

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In Egypt during their vacation, Prince Charles and Camilla take a photo in front of the well-known Great Sphinx.

2021

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The king takes part in a cricket match at the Sofia Gardens Cricket Ground.

2021

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On behalf of his mother, Prince Charles awards the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering to a winner.

2022

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Prince Charles reads his mother’s speech during the State Opening of Parliament in 2022 due to his mother’s health issues.

2022

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From the Buckingham Palace balcony, Prince Charles and his mother take in the Trooping the Colour celebrations.

2022

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Later that weekend, they would return to the balcony for further Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

2022

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He signs a guest book at Canada House in London.

2022

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Queen Elizabeth passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96. Here, her eldest son is seen walking behind her casket as she is laid to rest.

2022

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Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles addresses the nation live on television in England. He is seated in Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room.

2022

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King Charles is still doing royal obligations while he waits to be crowned on May 6, 2023. Here, he and the Queen Consort Camilla commemorate the 950th birthday of Scotland’s Dunfermline Abbey.

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