Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Harry of Wales

Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales was born as the younger of two sons of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales on 15 September 1984{Source}. He has one older brother, a sister-in-law and a niece and nephew :

  1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
    1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
      1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
      2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)

Through his father's second marriage to The Duchess of Cornwall, he has two stepsiblings, two stepsiblings-in-law, two step-nieces, and four step-nephews:
  1. Mr. Thomas Parker-Bowels (1974)
    1. Mrs. Sara (Buys) Parker-Bowels
      1. Miss Lola Parker-Bowels (2007)
      2. Master Freddy Parker-Bowels (2010)
  2. Mrs. Laura (Parker-Bowels) Lopes (1978)
    1. Mr. Harry Lopes
      1. Miss Eliza Lopes (2008)
      2. Master Gus Lopes (2009)
      3. Master Louis Lopes (2009)
At his birth, he was 3rd in line for the throne after his father and brother, but with the births of his niece and nephew, he is presently 5th in succession. 

On 21st December 1984, Prince Henry Charles Albert David was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. His godparents were {Source}:
  1. The Prince Andrew (his paternal uncle)
  2. The Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (his paternal second cousin)
  3. Lady Vestey
  4. Mrs. William Bartholomew
  5. Bryan Organ
  6. Gerald Ward

He was educated mostly in England. For two years, from 1986-1989, he attended  Mrs. Mynors School{Source}. From 1989-1992, he attended Wetherby School {Source}. In September 1992, he joined Prince William at Ludgrove School  {Source}. In September 1998, he began attending Eton College, where he undertook both his GCSE's and A-Levels  {Source}.

After completing his A Levels, Prince Harry took a gap year during which he visited Australia, Argentina and Africa, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho{Source}. In May 2005, he returned to the UK, where he began a course at the  Royal Military Academy Sandhurst{Source} .

He successfully completed a 44-week training course as an Officer Cadet, before being commissioned in April 2006 as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals){Source}.During this period, Prince Harry co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho{Source}.
In February 2008, Prince Harry completed more than two months service with the British Army in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a ‘Forward Air Controller’ for NATO forces{Source} .On 13th April 2008, Prince Harry was promoted from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant.In January 2009, he began a two-and-a-half year training course to become a fully operational, full-time Army Air Corps helicopter pilot. He remains an officer in the Household Cavalry during the training period{Source}.

Prince Harry’s principal residences are at Clarence House in London and Highgrove in Gloucestershire.A Household Office was set up at St James’s Palace, London, for Prince Harry and for his brother, Prince William, in January 2009 to reflect their growing public lives.
The Prince is currently Patron of a number of charities and organisations (including Sentebale) and he holds two honorary military appointments (in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force){Source}.The Prince focuses much of his charitable activity around the Princes’ Charities Forum, a grouping of organisations with which he and his brother have close links and which assists in promoting ideas and joint initiatives to the benefit of all the members {Source}.

He is godfather of two boys:
  1. Frederick "Fred" Pettifer (born 2001) (son of his former nanny, Alexandra Shân "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke)
  2. Jasper Dyer (born 2012) (son of close friend and former former royal equerry Mark Dyer)

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