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Newsmaker: Prince Charles

Prince Charles visited Iran this month, making him the first member of the British royal family to visit the country in 33 years. Early years: Charles Philip Arthur George was born Nov. 14, 1948, in Buckingham Palace. He holds several titles incl...

Prince Charles visited Iran this month, making him the first member of the British royal family to visit the country in 33 years.

Early years: Charles Philip Arthur George was born Nov. 14, 1948, in Buckingham Palace. He holds several titles including Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Prince of Scotland and Prince of Wales.

He attended school in England and Australia before graduating from Cambridge University, becoming the first heir to the throne to do so.

Career: In 1970, Prince Charles took his seat in the House of Lords. From 1969 to 1976, he served in the military, including time in the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Prince Charles expanded his role by dealing with the problems of industry, agriculture and society.

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In 1971, he set up the Welsh organization, now known as The Prince's Trust Bro. It has supported more than 4,000 projects, helping Welsh communities cope with the effects of change. In 1976, he founded The Prince's Trust, which gives grants to disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 25.

Each year he participates in about 500 public appearances throughout the world.

The prince is also active in more than 270 organizations, serving as the president of many of them, including the Royal Shakespeare Co. and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Family: Prince Charles was married to Princess Diana from 1981 to 1996. They have two sons, William and Harry. He is currently dating Camilla Parker Bowles.

In his words: "I have been entirely motivated by a desperate desire to put the 'Great' back in Great Britain."

Web link: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/

Sources: Associated Press, www.royal.gov.uk

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