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Prince Charles Opens Up About His Life, Family – & Becoming King

UpdatePosted 10/24/2013 09:05AM

Prince Charles: The Man Who Still Will Be King

Originally posted 10/24/2013 08:25AM

He's ready to serve, he's been wanting to serve, but when will Britain's heir apparent serve?

That is the question that has dogged Prince Charles practically his entire 64 years. But now, with his mother, Queen Elizabeth, slowing down at 87 (yet with no intention of abdicating), and his son Prince William and daughter-in-law, Kate, keeping the spotlight on the monarchy blazing hot, Charles discusses the issue of succession and other personal matters in an exclusive new cover story for Time.

Of his unique role in the world, Charles tells the magazine's Catherine Mayer, "I've had this extraordinary feeling, for years and years, ever since I can remember really, of wanting to heal and make things better. … I feel more than anything else it's my duty to worry about everybody and their lives in this country, to try to find a way of improving things if I possibly can."

Titled "The Forgotten Prince," no doubt in light of William and Prince Harry's celebrity and even 3-month-old grandson Prince George's swiftly rising star, the article presents the royal as unsurprisingly staid, yet thoughtful, proactive and as delightfully proud of his sons and new grandson as any older relative would be.

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All the Details of Prince George's Royal Christening!

UpdatePosted 10/23/2013 12:05PM

Prince George's Christening: Who's Who & What's What

Originally posted 10/23/2013 08:45AM

A big day for little Prince George.

Lightly jiggled in his father's arms, the 3-month-old looked slightly perplexed at the attention as his parents, Prince William and Kate, greeted clergy at the doors of the baby's special christening service.

Led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the 35-minute, private ceremony started at 3 p.m. London time (10 a.m. ET) at the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace.

Shortly after her arrival with Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth spoke with William and Kate, with smiles all around. Kate – in an Alexander McQueen outfit and nude-and-ivory Jane Taylor hat – greeted George's great-grandfather with a kiss on both cheeks and a small curtsy.

As if to underscore the continuity of the monarchy, there, too, at the chapel door were Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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What's Next for the Prince of Cambridge? | Prince William

Kate & Will in Bucklebury: What's Next for the Prince of Cambridge

Originally posted 07/24/2013 06:45PM

After a busy Wednesday that included a visit from his paternal great-grandmother, the Queen, and a road trip to the Bucklebury home of his maternal grandparents, the Middletons, William and Kate's new arrival can now focus on his next official duty: becoming the center of attention for his parents.

"There'll be a little bit of time when they get to know the baby. A little bit of downtime," an aide tells PEOPLE.

But the new mom and dad aren't facing their new roles alone – Pippa Middleton and boyfriend Nico Jackson have already been to Kensington Palace to help take care of the newborn and help the Duke and Duchess settle in, the aide adds.

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Prince Charles 'Overjoyed at Arrival of My First Grandchild' | Prince Charles

Prince Charles 'Overjoyed at Arrival of My First Grandchild'

Originally posted 07/22/2013 04:25PM

He's one proud prince.

"Both my wife [Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall] and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild," Prince Charles, 64, says in a statement. "It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy."

He continues, "Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

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Royal Baby Watch: Can't Wait? Be Among the First to Know the News | Prince William

UpdatePosted 07/19/2013 11:45AM

Royal Baby Watch: Can't Wait? Be Among the First to Know the News

Originally posted 07/18/2013 11:45AM

After Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, let it slip that the royal family might be welcoming its newest member sooner rather than later, no one is more excited than we are.

That's why we're tracking everything from how Kate is preparing for her royal bundle of joy – by relaxing at her parents' home in Bucklebury – to Prince William's excitement over becoming a dad.

Will they name the baby after William's late mother, Princess Diana? Think their beloved pup Lupo will be jealous? How will Queen Elizabeth be as a great-grandmother?

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Pippa & Parents Join Charles & Camilla for Pre-Baby Concert

Pippa & Parents Join Charles & Camilla for Pre-Baby Concert

Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:35PM

The grandparents and aunt and uncle of the soon-to-be-born Baby Cambridge had a night out at the palace Thursday.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla joined Carole and Mike Middleton at a concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

They were joined by Pippa Middleton and her brother James as they sat in the royal box at a concert at sundown in the back garden of Buckingham Palace.

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PHOTOS: We Bet You'll Do a Double Take at These Royal Baby Prep Pics

Kate Gets Baby-Prep Help from Her Royal Family

Originally posted 05/10/2013 01:00PM

As any parents-to-be can attest, prepping for baby is work that's never done. And, in the latest royal look-a-like installment, faux Kate is no exception!

Photographer Alison Jackson – who previously shot the "royal baby shower" and the newlyweds' "first Christmas" – has thought of everything this time, from the Duchess getting her bump measured by Camilla to helping The Queen paint the nursery. HRH really can rock some coveralls!

The latest spoof series, released by Ladbrokes to launch its royal baby odds in the U.K., also includes Kate's sister Pippa helping choose baby names while Kate noshes on pickles and ice cream.

While it's not the real thing, since Kate (due in July) and Prince William are laying low while Prince Harry's U.S. visit is underway, the pics at least satisfy royal watchers' cravings as well!

– Kristin Boehm

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PHOTO: A Royal Baby Shower for Kate ... Or Is It?

Kate's Baby Shower: Lookalikes Act Out the Big Day

Originally posted 05/03/2013 11:35AM

Ah, babies. They bring everyone together – even the royal family!

Well, sort of. In the latest scenario imagined by photographer Alison Jackson, who specializes in spoof photos of the royal family, everyone from Pippa Middleton to Camilla to The Queen gather together to fête Duchess Catherine. The faux mom-to-be unwraps onesies that say "Born to Rule" while her royal family – and one of the Queen's beloved corgis! – look on.

Jackson previously arranged a shoot with Catherine and Prince William's lookalikes for a Christmas-themed photo shoot.

And we're not quite sure, but that we're hoping that might actually be Camilla!
– Cara Lynn Shultz

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PHOTOS: How the Royals Are Spending Christmas | Prince William

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Kate and William Attend Church in Rural England

Originally posted 12/25/2012 09:30AM

For Prince William and wife Kate, it was a Christmas church service in rural England on Tuesday.

While the rest of his family celebrated at Sandringham, Norfolk, William, wearing a suit, and Kate, in a burgundy winter coat, were at church 150 miles away.

The couple are staying with Kate's family for Christmas Day. They turned up for the service at St. Mark's Church with Kate's sister Pippa and brother James.

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See Charles and Camilla's Official Christmas Card

Charles and Camilla's Royal Christmas Card Revealed

Originally posted 12/14/2012 11:35AM

Why shouldn't Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall be smiling?

It's been a year filled with happy news: the Queen's Jubilee, a baby on the way for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, even Prince Harry was revealed as a popular party guy – yet responsible enough to serve his country proudly.

And so, the couple's official Christmas card shows the two of them looking their merriest in a shot taken by photographer Danny Martindale while the royals were on board the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3, reports the Telegraph.

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