Timeline:

Feb. 6, 1952 - Three-year-old Prince Charles becomes the heir apparent, when his grandfather dies and his mother ascends the throne.

July 26, 1958 - Is named Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, by his mother before Parliament. He is the 21st Prince of Wales and the first since 1936.

July 1, 1969 - He is invested as the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester during a televised ceremony at Caernavon Castle.

Feb. 11, 1970 - Takes his seat in the House of Lords.

June 23, 1970 - The prince is awarded a bachelor's degree from Cambridge.

September 1971 - Earns his wings for jet aircraft flying at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and joins the Royal Navy.

1974 - Qualifies as a helicopter pilot and joins the 845 Naval Air Squadron on the HMS Hermes. Two years later he completes his military service taking command of a coastal minehunter, the HMS Bronington.

1976 - Founds the Prince's Trust, a philanthropic venture to help disadvantaged youth.

July 29, 1981 - Wedding ceremony to Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral is televised.

June 7, 1992 - Excerpts of "Diana: Her True Story" by Andrew Morton, are published in the Sunday Times, revealing Camilla Parker-Bowles' role in the royal marriage.

Dec. 9, 1992 - Prime Minister John Major announces the separation of Charles and Diana.

1993 - Affair with Parker-Bowles becomes public when the transcript of a 1989 intimate phone conversation between the two is made public.

June 29, 1994 - A televised documentary "Charles: The Private Man, the Public Role," airs; in it he admits to adultery.

Aug. 28, 1996 - Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce.

September 1997 - He accompanies the body of Princess Diana from Paris to London and during the funeral procession walks behind her coffin with his father, sons and Diana's brother, the Earl of Spencer.

Jan. 28, 1999 - The first public appearance as a couple with Parker-Bowles, when they are seen leaving the Ritz Hotel in London after a party.

June 2000 - Formally introduces Parker-Bowles to Queen Elizabeth II at a party held at the Prince's country estate Highgrove.

2003 - Clarence House becomes the official London residence of Prince Charles and his sons. The estate is the former home of the Queen Mother, Charles' grandmother.

April 9, 2005 - In a civil ceremony at Guildhall in Windsor with a blessing at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Charles and Camilla wed.