Factbox: A look at Britain's major royals

Fri Jun 1, 2012 3:31am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - * THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH:

-- Philippos Schleswig-Holstein Soenderburg-Glucksburg, was born on a dining room table on the Greek island of Corfu in June 1921.

-- Philip and Princess Elizabeth were married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947 in a spectacular ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world.

-- He is known for his acerbic wit but has also caused offence with off-the-cuff remarks: He once told British students in China: "If you stay here much longer, you'll be slitty-eyed."

-- Ninety-year-Philip, the longest-serving consort and oldest-serving spouse of any British monarch, had surgery at Christmas to clear a blocked heart artery.

* THE PRINCE OF WALES AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL:

-- Britain's Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting for two things: the throne and his one true love. With his 2005 marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, one of those aims has finally been achieved. She became the Duchess of Cornwall

-- Groomed from birth to take the throne, Charles found himself for years eclipsed by Diana and ridiculed as old fashioned. But he gradually won back sympathy after Diana's death in a Paris car crash in 1997.

-- His long-time lover Parker Bowles advanced gradually into the public spotlight to win greater acceptance and Charles emerged as a thoughtful and caring single parent for the way he brought up his sons -- Princes William and Harry.   Continued...