A German name meaning “free man,” royal families have favored Charles and its variant forms across Europe for centuries. Other forms of the name include Carl, Carlos, Charlton and Karolus.
Charles, Prince of Wales, is father to Princes William and Harry and is the heir apparent of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. He married Princess Diana in 1981 and, after their divorce, remained unattached until he married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. He has trained as a jet pilot and, like his grandfather and great-grandfathers, served in the Navy.