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Prince Charles Worries ‘All the Time’ About Military Sons

Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- As the father of two military sons, Prince Charles says he worries “all the time” about Princes William and Harry’s safety.

“As you can imagine, being a parent of two boys in the armed forces, I do share with you the worry and anxiety of not knowing the exact details about our children’s whereabouts,” Prince Charles told a gathering of military members and their families, according to British newspaper The Sun.

He was addressing guests at The Sun’s Military Awards Thursday night in London.

“The younger one is at this moment in Afghanistan,” he said, referring to Prince Harry, 28.  “Fortunately, he rings me every now and then. … And from time to time, I’ve even persuaded him to write me a letter.”

Prince Charles, who himself served in the Navy and Air Force, said he encourages letters over emails or texts because, “In 30 years time or 40 years time, that will be interesting history.”

Harry is an Apache helicopter co-pilot and Prince William is a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.  

Charles praised the “unending relentless courage” of the armed forces as well as the “extraordinary resilience and the unbelievable support” provided by their families at home.

“I really do understand the worry of service families when their loved ones are serving in somewhere like Afghanistan,” he said, according to The Sun.  “It’s almost easier for those serving away than for those left behind because you worry all the time.”

Prince Charles poked fun at his mischievous younger son by saying, “If I want to see what my children are up to, I look at the front page of The Sun.”

Photos of Harry’s naked partying in Las Vegas were on the newspaper’s cover in August.

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A Family Affair: Prince Charles Pays Tribute to His Mother

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Charles, Prince of Wales, will honor his mother with a televised personal tribute to Her Majesty the Queen of England, celebrating her 60-year reign and kicking off the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“The Diamond Jubilee gives us a chance to celebrate with pride all that the queen means to us, whether as a nation or as one of her children,” Prince Charles said in a news release announcing the tribute, which will be shown on BBC One Friday evening.

The tribute will include archived newsreels as well as priceless never-before-seen home videos and pictures, as Prince Charles celebrates the Queen’s accomplishments as the nation’s leader and as a mother.

The prince praises the queen, whom he calls “mama,” saying she “has provided an amazing record of devotion, dedication and commitment.”

Much of the film revolves around Prince Charles’ childhood memories, including a trip to the beach.

The prince recalls a childhood memory in which he and sister Princess Anne were buried in the sand at Holkham beach in Norfolk, accompanied by a corgi. As part of the BBC special, Prince Charles will share footage from the beach trip, which was filmed by the queen.

He also shares memories of his mother as she prepared for her coronation in 1953.

“I remember my Mama coming, you know, up, when we were being bathed as children, wearing the crown. It was quite funny -- practicing.”

Watching the footage 60 years later, Prince Charles admires his mother’s “amazing poise” and “natural grace,” as she prepares for her coronation while attending to her children.

“My mama takes great pride in her family, from being a young mother at the start of her reign, to now being a great grandmother twice over,” Princes Charles says.

He also celebrates his mother’s reign as queen, and the respect she commanded from leaders around the world. “I think just the sheer number of heads of state who are coming to the Jubilee celebrations shows the respect and affection with which my mama is held all around the world,” he says.

He also expresses admiration for his mother’s steadfastness during her 60-year reign. “The fact that my mama has been a constant feature on the scene has provided that sense, I think, of continuity in a time of immense change over 60 years.”

He recalled that Queen Elizabeth opened Parliament 59 times, adding a personal touch: “I’ve always thought my mama looks absolutely wonderful in that tiara.”

To watch Prince Charles’ tribute to the queen, tune in to BBC One Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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DJ Prince Charles? Royal Works Turntables in Toronto

Anwar Hussein/WireImage(TORONTO) -- During a visit to a Toronto youth center this week, Prince Charles proved once again that it’s never too late to experiment with a new career.

The next king of England and his wife, Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, appeared at the Yonge Street Mission Tuesday, according to media reports, as part of a four-day trip to Canada for the Diamond Jubilee, celebrations surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign.

Charles successfully learned to scratch and fade a record as a deejay instructor let him try his hand at the turntables, according to the Telegraph.

It wasn’t the first time the royal showed his lighter, more fun side though. Earlier this month, the 63-year-old prince gave TV weather forecasters across the world a run for their money when he presented the weather forecast in Scotland during a visit to BBC headquarters in Glasgow.

In the past, Charles has also shown an appreciation for music — as well as a love for dancing.

In April 2011, the London Evening Standard reported that he and Kate Middleton, the wife of his eldest son, Prince William, had collaborated on the music for the upcoming nuptials by swapping iPods.

Also that month, a video of Charles break-dancing with young people in the 1980s made waves after it popped up on YouTube.

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Prince Charles Takes Over Weather Forecast

Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- BBC viewers in Scotland tuning in for their lunchtime forecast on Thursday likely did a double-take when they received a forecast of wet and rainy, with a surprising chance of royal.

Stepping in for their usual weatherman was none other than England’s own Prince Charles.  The 63-year-old royal was visiting the channel’s headquarters in Glasgow to celebrate its 60th year of broadcasting when he decided to have a little fun with the lunchtime forecast, according to the BBC.

Charles, visiting the station with his wife, Camilla, stepped right in front of the camera and looked like an old pro against the weather map, predicting “cold, wet and windy” conditions brought on by an “influence of low pressure.”

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The incident was not entirely spontaneous, however.  The BBC reports that Prince Charles worked off a specially written script that highlighted royal residences in Scotland.

When he got to the part of the script that called for “a few flurries over Balmoral,” a favorite spot of the royals, the normally staid Charles injected some humor, exclaiming, “Who the hell wrote this script?”

Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are visiting Scotland as part of their annual Holyrood Week to celebrate Scottish culture, history and achievement, according to the Buckingham Palace website.

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MacBooks for Charity Among Gifts Obama Gives Royal Family

Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Newlyweds Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, received a present from President Obama and the first lady Tuesday: six donated MacBook Notebook computers to Peace Players International in Belfast Ireland, a charity of the Duke and Duchess' choosing.

The White House said that the president and Mrs. Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II a collection of rare memorabilia and photographs in a handmade leather-bound album that chronologically tells the tale of the Queen's  parents' visit to the United States in 1939.  That trip by King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, was the first to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.

As for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Obamas gifted him a custom-made set of Fell Pony bits and shanks, as well as original horseshoes worn by recently retired champion carriage horse Jamaica.

Prince Philip has a keen interest in equestrian sports and specifically in carriage driving.  Designed in Colorado and made in Ohio, the set includes several interchangeable bits and each shank is engraved with the Presidential Seal.  A slaughterhouse rescue horse, Jamaica rose to the top of carriage horse competition and was named the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year.

The president and first lady also gave the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall a special selection of plants, seedlings, and seeds from the gardens of Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the South Lawn of the White House, as well as jars of honey from the White House beehive.

This one-of-a-kind collection was presented in a specially handcrafted wooden box made from a Magnolia tree that fell on the grounds of the White House during the snowstorm of February 2009.  Magnolia trees have been a fixture on the South Lawn of the White House since the mid-nineteenth century.

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Do Americans Care About the Royal Wedding?

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Prince Charles of Great Britain married Diana Spencer in 1981, the wedding was watched by a television audience of 750 million people around the globe.

On Friday, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is expected to garner a worldwide television viewership of two billion people. Yet what some have termed "the event of the century" isn't generating much interest in the U.S., thanks largely to the changing times.

A recent PriceGrabber survey of 2,842 U.S. online consumers found that 95 percent of respondents won't host or attend a party to celebrate the nuptials of William and Kate, and 92 percent won't bother to purchase any royal wedding commemorative merchandise.

Debra Caruso, who heads the New York media firm DJC Communications, doubts that many Americans will set their alarms for 4:00 a.m. Friday to catch the beginning of the festivities, although their DVRs may be programmed to tape it.

"More of us are waiting to see how Jon Stewart, David Letterman and Stephen Colbert will frame the event,” Caruso said. “We’re attracted to the negative. Will there be a slip-up?"

At least the U.S. media thinks Americans are really hankering for wedding gossip. ABC devoted an entire 20/20 program to the upcoming ceremony, while network TV morning shows will feature extensive coverage beginning Monday leading up to the big wedding day.

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Queen Elizabeth's Cousin Called Upon to Help Plan Royal Wedding

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Lady Elizabeth Anson, the Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, has been commissioned by Kate Middleton and Prince William to help plan the royal wedding reception at Buckingham Palace April 29.

As the founder of the London-based events company Party Planners, Lady Elizabeth's resume includes an impressive list of clientele including former President Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise, Mick Jagger, Sting, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, fashion designer Valentino and, of course, members of the royal family.

Lady Elizabeth was responsible for organizing the Queen's 80th birthday party at the Ritz hotel in London in 2006. After the success of the party, it is believed that the queen called upon her cousin to help plan the lunch she will host for the newly married couple.

She has also worked on previous royal weddings, planning a party for Prince Charles and Diana's wedding guests in 1981, and a reception for the Duke and Dutchess of York in 1986. Both were hosted at Claridges.

The lunch-time reception at Buckingham Palace is expected to be a lavish affair, and will host about 600 guests including members of the royal family, members of foreign royal families, international heads of state, and such celebrities as David and Victoria Beckham, and singer Sir Elton John. Prince Charles will finish off the night by hosting a dinner for 300 of the couple's closest family and friends.

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Royal Wedding: Dinner Dance Details Revealed

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- More details have surfaced regarding the post-royal wedding dinner dance.

After walking down the aisle at Westminster Abbey before 1,900 guests, the pageantry broadcast worldwide for millions of viewers April 29, William and Kate will let loose and boogie down to a 1980s-themed reception with close family and friends, London newspaper The Sun reports.

Special requests for '80s-tastic jams include hits from Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Culture Club. Princess Diana was a known admirer of Abba, and Kate has followed her lead by requesting the Swedish band's classic wedding-reception dance staples.

Prince Harry will set the tone for the party with his best man speech. Though the boys are incredibly close, Prince Harry plans to goad his big brother a bit. Harry has nearly completed his flight training on Apache gunships, a much faster plane than the Sea King search-and-rescue helicopter William co-pilots. Planning to use this difference in their military aviation careers, Harry will compare the brothers to the fable of the tortoise and the hare.

The next morning, the newlyweds will depart on a two-week honeymoon. But not before a night spent laughing, dancing and celebrating their love at the £75,000 ($88,000) bash thrown by Prince Charles.

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Prince Charles, Camilla Unhurt after London Mob Takes to the Streets over Tuition Hikes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Angry protestors taking to the streets of London Thursday attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

A Clarence House spokesperson confirmed the attack and said the heir to the throne and his wife were unharmed.

Photos in Britain's Daily Mail show that the car was hit with paintballs.

The royal couple was on their way to a performance of the Royal Variety show, the spokesperson told ABC News.

One witness to the attack on the prince and his wife told the BBC that he saw "a couple of people were kicking the door."

"I didn't see who done the graffiti, I didn't see who smashed the window," the witness said, "but I saw Prince Charles in his car get attacked. It was Prince Charles in the car, it was - I couldn't believe it."

The incident was an example of how heated the protests over tuition hikes have gotten. Protestors Thursday smashed windows, threw flares and tussled with police. The Daily Mail called the protestors "anarchists."

The British newspaper reported that tens of thousands of people were protesting the government's decision to raise the cap on student tuition from 3,290 pounds to 9,000 pounds, or about $14,160.

Pictures of London Thursday showed police officers being yanked off their horses by protestors and emergency workers tending to both injured officers and civilians.

One woman was even photographed swinging from a Union flag.

Much of the protestors' anger was directed at Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who signed a pre-election promise to avoid such hikes.

"I'm here because the Liberal Democrats broke their promise," said 19-year-old college student Shivan David from London's Trafalgar Square. "I don't think education should be free but I do think that tripling fees doesn't make any sense. We are paying more for less."

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TUESDAY 10:47AM Prince Charles Eavesdrops on Tourists

(GLOUCESTERSHIRE, England) -- If anyone visiting Prince Charles' home had opened the right door at just the right time, they may have been greeted with an unusual sight: the Prince of Wales laying face flat on the floor, eyes closed and ears perked in concentration. He was, of course, trying to eavesdrop on some of the 30,000 annual tourists who pay 15 pounds each to tour his 900-acre royal estate. That habit is just one of some curious admissions the royal makes in a new BBC documentary. "I have eavesdropped on what visitors have said," the prince tells the BBC. Charles also talks about speaking with the trees and plants in his garden. "I happily talk to the plants and trees, and listen to them. I think it's absolutely crucial," he admits. The prince says speaking to the plants keeps him "relatively sane," according to the UK Press Association. The full documentary is set to air on BBC 2 on Thursday at 8 p.m. local time.

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