Prince Charles’ 66th Birthday: Celebrates with Cannons

November 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Prince Charles, the next in line to the English royal throne, had his 66th birthday on Friday.

In London and the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, gunners fired cannons to celebrate.

Cannons are fired on the birthdays of Charles, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Philip.

But he spent his day visiting Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, the hometown of William Shakespeare, according to MailOnline.

Here’s a few facts about Charles:

– He officially became the Prince of Wales in July 1958, and it was featured on TV at Caernarfon Castle in North Wales. However, his investiture didn’t happen until 1969.

– Charles was born in Buckingham Palace on Nov. 14, 1948, and it prompted a crowd of around 3,000 to start singing For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow after they saw a figure they believed to be the Duke of Edinburgh.

– He and Diana Spencer got married in July 1981 in a ceremony that was viewed by 750 million people. More than 800,000 people lined the streets of London for the event. He met Diana in 1977.

– Years after Princess Diana died in a car crash, Charles remarried with Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 in Windsor Castle.

– He was named the “best-dressed man in the world” by Esquire magazine in 2009.

– He published his first book in 1980–“The Old Man of Lochnagar.”

– In his early years, Charles was linked to a number of women. Lord Mountbatten, his great-uncle, told him: “In a case like yours, the man should sow his wild oats and have as many affairs as he can before settling down, but for a wife he should choose a suitable, attractive, and sweet-charactered girl before she has met anyone else she might fall for … It is disturbing for women to have experiences if they have to remain on a pedestal after marriage.”