His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales


Photo Credit:  By kind permission of Alan Shawcross

The Prince of Wales was born Charles Phillip Arthur George at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948. The Prince is the eldest son of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince became Heir to the Throne of Canada and 15 other Commonwealth realms when his mother became Queen, in 1952. 

The Prince was the first Heir Apparent to attend school rather than have a tutor at the Palace.  He attended three schools in the U.K. and spent two terms in Australia as an exchange student. The Prince initially studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University but changed to history for the second part of his degree, graduating in 1970. He was formally invested as Prince of Wales by The Queen at a colourful ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in 1969. 

As Heir to The Canadian Throne, The Prince of Wales has had a life-long affinity for Canada. In 1996 he declared: “Every time I come to Canada, and I’ve been here many times since 1970, a little more of Canada seeps into my bloodstream and, from there, straight into my heart.”

During his 15 visits to Canada, The Prince has visited every province and, counting his visits to communities in Nunavut that took place before its creation in 1999, every territory as well. 

In 1971 The Prince of Wales began a naval career, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and two of his great-grandfathers. His Royal Highness serves as Colonel-in-Chief to eight Canadian regiments: the Air Reserve of Canada, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), the Irish Regiment of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the Royal Regiment of Canada, the Royal Canadian Dragoons, the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Own). 

On July 29, 1981, The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer. The couple visited Canada in 1983, 1986 and 1991.

The Prince and Princess of Wales had two children: Prince William (Duke of Cambridge), born on June 21, 1982, and Prince Harry, born on September 15, 1984.

In December 1992, The Prince and Princess of Wales separated. The marriage was dissolved four years later. Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in 1997.

In February 2005, The Prince of Wales announced his engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles. The couple married in a civil ceremony on April 9, 2005. After the wedding, Camilla Parker Bowles became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess has an interesting Canadian connection: She is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab, who was prime minister of the Province of Canada before Confederation and the builder of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton.  The Prince and Duchess made their first visit to Canada together in 2009 and visited Dundurn Castle which is a National Historic Site.  Her Royal Highness is now Patron. The Duchess of Cornwall is Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

For more information about The Prince of Wales in Canada and the role of the Canadian Crown visit: http://pch.gc.ca/eng/1266245566496/1266202116409


The Prince of Wales’s work and links with Canada

Through the years, His Royal Highness developed a wide range of interests which are today reflected in ‘The Prince’s Charities’, a group of 16 not-for-profit organisations, working internationally and in the UK, of which The Prince of Wales is President.

The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom, raising over £123 million in the year 2011 – 2012.

The organisations are active across a broad range of areas:

• Education and Young People
• Environmental Sustainability
• The Built Environment
• Responsible Business and Enterprise
• International

These interests are also reflected in the organizations of which he is Patron or President.

The Prince’s interests in fields such as entrepreneurship, the inner-cities, education, faith and ethnic communities, health and farming have been elaborated over many years in a large number of speeches and articles.

Many of The Prince’s charities have links with Canadian counterparts.

The Prince is Patron of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR). CBSR is linked to Business in the Community – one of His Royal Highness’s core charities, of which he is President. CBSR partners BITC on the CSR360 Global partners network, a network of around 100 independent organizations from across the world.

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation is the Canadian affiliate of The Prince’s Youth Business International, a charity he set up to help disadvantaged young people become entrepreneurs. CYBF is has been hailed as a model for YBI affiliates in other countries. CYBF is a founding patner of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance and has partneres with all levels of Government on many initiatives to support Canadian entrepreneurship.

The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership was created in 1999 to be given to the government of a municipality which has demonstrated its strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places. It is awarded every year on the advice of the Heritage Committee of the Heritage Canada Foundation.

The Prince of Wales is an honorary member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in watercolour. The Prince of Wales is also Patron of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, The Royal Conservatory of Music and Earth Rangers.