A series of photographs of Prince Charles have been released ahead of his 70th birthday next week.
One set, compiled by the Press Association, show the prince through the decades – from toddler to naval officer and then father.
The photographer David Hartley, who has followed the royal’s journey throughout his career, has also selected some of his favourite images of the Queen’s eldest son; from dashing polo-playing Prince to proud father, grandfather, and now, monarch-in-waiting.
The Princes, who is the country’s longest-serving heir to the throne, turns 70 on November 14.
In a photograph from 1948, one-month-old Charles is pictured sleeping soundly in the arms of his mother, then Princess Elizabeth, at his christening at Buckingham Palace.
After attending boarding school and going off to university, Charles joined the armed forces, earning himself a reputation as an Action Man for being a sailor, airman, marine, parachutist, diver, surfer, polo player and a jockey.
The 1980s brought a fairytale wedding to Lady Diana Spencer and the arrival of their two sons, before the problems in their marriage became plain to see.
Other photographs range from Charles with the Spice Girls in 1997 to the prince tobogganing with William and Harry in 1995, to his wedding with second wife Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
Prince Charles is pictured here at the age of four in 1953, in a photograph released to mark his fifth birthday
Charles as Macbeth, acting out the famous dagger scheme in the Gordonstoun School production of the Shakespeare play in 1965, at the age of 17
The Queen is seen investing her eldest son, Prince Charles, as the Prince of Wales during a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in July 1969
Charles being handed his flying helmet before going for a flight in a Royal Navy Wessex V helicopter in 1974, at the age of 25
Royal photographer David Hartley captured this moment between Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the polo in Windsor, Berkshire, back in 1985
Both William and Harry inherited their father’s love of polo. Prince Charles is seen strolling with his youngest son at the polo in Cirencester, Gloucester, back in 1991
Skidding down the slopes in the Swiss resort of Klosters on a toboggan with a 12-year-old Prince Harry on a father and sons ski trip in 1997
The Prince of Wales, then aged 55, and Prince William look in high spirits during a ski trip on the Madrisa slopes, Switzerland, in 2004
Charles, pictured at the age of 68, takes the salute during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle in 2017
Charles pictured in 1966 at the age of 17, wearing Balmoral tartan, in a portrait commissioned for his 18th birthday
Charles, pictured in 1976 at the age of 27, sported a new beard at Badminton, during the famous Horse Trials
Charles is pictured aged 30 in a Biggles-style flying outfit at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, where he fulfilled an ambition to fly a pre-war Tiger Moth biplane in 1979
The Princes of Wales, pictured at the age of 37, shares a kiss with then wife Princess Diana in 1986 after a polo match at Windsor
The royal is snapped shirtless on the polo field in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, in June 1988
Holding tight to Prince Harry’s hand following the traditional Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in 1991. Harry married Meghan Markle in the chapel in May
Cutting a dash with the ever-glamorous Princess of Wales on a family trip to Italy in 1991
The Prince of Wales and his then wife Princess Diana during their royal tour of India in 1992
Prince Charles is seen sharing a laugh with his eldest son Prince William at Highgrove in Gloucestershire, in September 2000
The family that plays together: The Prince and his two sons on the polo field at Cirencester Park in 2002
Charles clearly takes the competition seriously, as proven by the series of photos David Hartley snapped of his stretching on the sidelines at a polo match in Windsor later that same month in 2002
Then well into his 50s, Prince Charles showed no signs of retiring from his favourite sport
Charles, pictured at the age of 56, leaving St George’s Chapel, Windsor with the Duchess of Cornwall on their wedding day in 2005
Cheering on the runners and riders with the Duchess of Cornwall at Cheltenham Races on St Patrick’s Day in 2006
Charles, pictured at a state dinner in Ghana on Monday, turns 70 on November 14. He is the country’s longest-serving heir
One-month-old Charles is seen with the then Princess Elizabeth after his christening ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 1948
Eight-month-old Charles is pictured with his parents in the grounds of Windlesham Moor, which was the family’s country home in Surrey
Prince Charles is pictured celebrating his third birthday at Buckingham Palace with his grandfather King George VI
Young Charles pictured leaning out of a window with the Queen on his fourth birthday in 1952
Charles pictured left in his seventh birthday portrait in 1955, and right, on his way to Cheam School in Berkshire at the age of nine in 1958
Charles, aged 13, with his father the Duke of Edinburgh (left) arriving at Gordonstoun for the Prince’s first day at the public school in 1962
Prince Charles, pictured at the age of 32, and Diana pictured on their way to Buckingham Palace following their wedding in 1981
Proud father Prince Charles, pictured aged 33 with son Prince William, outside St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in 1982
Prince of Wales wearing his new Royal Navy captain’s uniform on his 40th birthday in 1988
Tensions between Charles, then aged 43, and Diana showed during their trip to Korea in 1992. The couple are pictured visiting a memorial to the Gloucester Regiment in Seoul
Charles is photographed here with the Spice Girls in 1997, at a Royal Gala celebrating the Princes Trust 21st Anniversary in Manchester. The Prince of Wales was 48 at the time
Charles and Camille Parker Bowles made their first public appearance together at the Ritz in London in 1999. Charles was 50 at the time
Charles. aged 59, and Camilla were seen roaring with laughter at the Mey Highland games in Caithness in 2008
The Prince of Wales, pictured at the age of 66 in 2015, on the Buckingham Palace with Camilla, Prince William, Prince George, and the Queen for Trooping the Colour