Prince Harry Turns 35: Facts About the British Royal, His Position In Line to the Throne

Prince Harry will turn 35 on September 15, just four months after welcoming his first child Archie into the world with Meghan Markle.

Ahead of his birthday, we looked at 35 surprising facts about the royal, his charitable work and military career, as well as his position in line to the British throne.

Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984 at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.

His full birth name is Henry Charles Albert David, Prince of Wales.

His official surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.

His first overseas trip was to Italy with his parents in May 1985, when he was just eight months old.

As a child, Harry had a pet rabbit at Highgrove, the family's country estate.

In 1997, he went to South Africa with his father Charles, where he met Nelson Mandela and watched the Spice Girls perform.

Harry attended Mrs Mynors School, then Wetherby School in London. He joined his older brother William at Ludgrove School in Berkshire, before going to Eton College where he left with a grade "B" in Art and a "D" in Geography.

 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend "The Lion King" European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

After leaving school, he spent his gap year in Australia, Argentina and Africa, working with different charities.

In 2006, Harry set up his own charity called Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, Africa.

In 2011, he trekked to the North Pole to raise awareness for wounded servicemen and women with the Walking with the Wounded organization.

When he turned 18 in 2002, the Queen gave him his own Coat of Arms.

During his gap year, he took English Rugby Football Union coaching qualifications and helped coach in different schools.

Harry enjoys many sports, playing competitive polo, skiing, and motocross.

He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Harry had a full-time role in the military for a decade, which included two operational tours of Afghanistan.

In March 2011, it was revealed that he had passed his Apache helicopter flying test.

He supports the English Premier League soccer team Arsenal.

Harry was "best man" to his elder brother Prince William when he married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

He admitted to being nervous before his brother tied the knot.

His friends include Arthur Landon, one of the richest young men in the U.K., Sam Branson - son of Virgin businessman Sir Richard - and Thomas van Straubenzee.

Harry went on his first solo royal tour in the lead up to the Diamond Jubilee where he visited Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica.

He organizes and promotes the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

Harry is 1.86m (6ft 1in) tall.

He is now sixth in line to the throne.

The graph below, provided by Statista, shows the line of succession to the British throne.

British Throne Succession
The line of succession to the British throne, following the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's child. Statista

In 2002, he confessed to drinking and marijuana use when he was 16.

In 2005, pictures showed him wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party and he apologized days later.

In 2012, gossip website TMZ posted photos of Harry partying nude in a Las Vegas hotel.

He previously dated Chelsy Davy, the daughter of Zimbabwean businessman Charles Davy.

In 2012, Harry was introduced to now ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe, by his cousin Princess Eugenie.

Harry and Meghan Markle met on a blind date in London in 2016, arranged by a mutual friend.

The couple married on May 19, 2018.

In April 2019, it was announced that Harry was working on a documentary series about mental health with Oprah Winfrey, which is set to air in 2020.

To raise awareness for HIV testing, Harry took a test live on the royal family Facebook page in 2016.

Harry and Meghan drew criticism in 2019 when it was revealed Frogmore Cottage had been renovated for them at a cost of £2.4 million "to the taxpayer."

On 6 May, 2019, the couple welcomed their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

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