Miscellaneous

There are a lot of people who have done things that have made them famous for various reasons. At times it is difficult to classify their work or the field in which they have gained their achievements but that does not mean that their achievements are any less extraordinary or noteworthy (sometimes it may be so that we may not have created the apt category for them). This page is a collection of the biographies of such people. These biographies will help you understand the person and his / her achievements better. It will also take you on a journey through their personal and professional lives. These biographies will present you with a timeline of their lives and inform you about some interesting facts and trivia from these famous people’s lives. The people mentioned here are celebrities in their own right and the list also include those whose notoriety cannot go unnoticed.
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 1 Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario

In 2010, Sunny Leone was named among 12 top porn stars by Maxim magazine. After a flourishing career in the porn industry, Sunny Leone settled in India where she is currently popular as a film actress. Her journey from a porn actress to a successful Bollywood personality is viewed as an inspirational story by many young women across the world. 

 2 Princess Diana

Princess Diana
Famous As: Member of the British Royal Family
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham
Died: August 31, 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

 3 Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong
Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio
Died: August 25, 2012

The first person to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and aeronautical engineer. Prior to his trip to the Moon, he became NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. After resigning from NASA, he taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee.

 4 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett
Famous As: Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

American investor, business tycoon and philanthropist Warren Buffett is considered one of the most successful investors in the world by the media. The chairman and largest shareholder of the firm, Berkshire Hathaway, he is often called as the ‘Oracle’ or ‘Sage’ of Omaha. Notably, he has pledged to give away a sizable portion of his wealth to philanthropic causes.

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 5 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman
Listed In: Social Reformers
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

 6 Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: August 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glamis Castle, Scotland
Died: February 9, 2002

A rebellion at heart with a colourful personality, Princess Margaret Rose Windsor, Countess of Snowdon could not be more different from her reserved elder sister, Queen Elizabeth II. Known for her lavish lifestyle filled with parties and drinks and glamour, this fiercely independent Royal’s life was rocked with scandals and unfulfilled romances.

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 7 Desmond Doss

Desmond Doss
Listed In: Soldiers
Famous As: U. S. Army Corporal
Birthdate: February 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lynchburg
Died: March 23, 2006

Desmond Doss was a US Army corporal. Doss served as a combat medic in World War II. For his actions during the Battle of Okinawa, Desmond Doss became the only conscientious objector to be honored with the prestigious Medal of Honor as he saved 75 men. His life and work inspired several books and the biographical war film Hacksaw Ridge.

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 8 Marco Polo

Marco Polo
Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 1254 AD
Birthplace: Venice
Died: January 9, 1324

Marco Polo was a Venetian explorer, writer, and merchant. He explored Asia along the Silk Road and is credited with providing the Europeans with descriptions of the culture of the Eastern world, which remained unknown until his exploration. Polo's travel book inspired other travelers like Christopher Columbus. His writings also influenced European cartography, which led to the Fra Mauro map.

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 9 Katherine Schwarzenegger

Katherine Schwarzenegger
Famous As: Daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Author
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a young and confident woman. As an author, she encourages young women to achieve a positive self-image and confidence. Each of her books serves as a guiding light for women, children, and youngsters. She is also associated with non-profit organizations, such as Best Friends Animal Society and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 10 Martin Luther

Martin Luther
Famous As: Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer
Birthdate: November 10, 1483
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany
Died: February 18, 1546

German monk Martin Luther challenged the dogmas of Roman Catholicism and the authority of the pope, in his Ninety-five Theses, and was thus excommunicated. His German translation of the Bible enriched the German culture, and his marriage set an example for clerical marriage. His teachings are now known as Lutherans.

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 11 Jaggi Vasudev

Jaggi Vasudev
Famous As: Yoga Guru
Birthdate: September 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mysore, Karnataka, India

The recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of India, Jaggi Vasudev is a mystic, yogi, and author.  His spiritual program called inner engineering is famous all over the world, particularly in the Western world. Popularly known as Sadhguru, Jaggi Vasudev's yoga programs, environmental initiatives, and educational and social initiatives have earned him celebrity status in India.

 12 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: Daughter of Prince William
Birthdate: May 2, 2015
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is the only daughter and the second child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and the great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Fourth in the line of succession to the throne of Britain, she has two brothers, Prince George and Prince Louis.
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 13 Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale
Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthdate: May 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence
Died: August 13, 1910
The Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale is remembered for her relentless efforts in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. She founded London’s St Thomas' Hospital to train nurses. She also pioneered the use of the polar area diagram and was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.

 14 Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy
Listed In: First Ladies
Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: May 19, 1994

Jackie Kennedy was a literature editor, photographer, and socialite who was once married to the former American President John F. Kennedy. She became the First Lady of the United States when her husband became the president. She was known for her iconic fashion style. She is considered one of the most popular and recognizable First Ladies in American history.

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 15 John F. Kennedy Jr.

John F. Kennedy Jr.
Famous As: Son of John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Died: July 16, 1999

John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.   

 16 Maya Harris

Maya Harris
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Statistical Area

A lawyer, law professor, political analyst and a civil rights activist, Maya Harris’s list of achievements is huge. One of the youngest in the US to become a law school dean, Maya Harris has worked with Hillary Clinton and her own sister Kamala Harris in their respective presidential campaigns.

 17 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Famous As: The Duchess of Cambridge
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England

Catherine “Kate” Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge after her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Associated with countless charities, Kate and William started a mental-health campaign named Heads Together. Kate also gave rise to the “Kate Middleton effect" in the fashion world and was named to Time 100.

 18 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Famous As: Confident, Ambitious
Birthdate: September 5, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thiruttani
Died: April 17, 1975

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India and served from 1962 to 1967. He is regarded as one of India’s most eminent scholars and wrote extensively on Indian philosophy and religion. Lifelong he defended Hindu traditions and culture against criticism from the West. September 5, his birthday, is observed as Teachers Day in India, in his honour.

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 19 Patrick Schwarzenegger

Patrick Schwarzenegger
Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, is a promising model and actor. He is signed with LA Models. He was appreciated for his roles of Charlie Reed in Midnight Sun and Daniel in Daniel Isn't Real. He also appeared in the miniseries The Long Road Home

 20 B. R. Ambedkar

B. R. Ambedkar
Famous As: Indian Jurist
Birthdate: April 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dr. Ambedkar Nagar
Died: December 6, 1956

India's first Minister of Law and Justice, B. R. Ambedkar inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement. He also fought against social discrimination prevalent in India at that time. Widely regarded as the chief architect of the Constitution of India, Ambedkar was posthumously honored with India's highest civilian award - The Bharat Ratna.

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 21 Nicole Brown Simpson

Nicole Brown Simpson
Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson
Birthdate: May 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: June 12, 1994

Nicole Brown Simpson was the ex-wife of O. J. Simpson. Her murder led to one of the most famous criminal trials of all time, the O. J. Simpson murder case. After her murder, The Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation was established in her memory. Her story inspired several movies, such as the 1995 TV movie The O. J. Simpson Story.

 22 George Soros

George Soros
Famous As: Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
A Hungarian-American financier, philanthropist, activist and author, George Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations. Amongst the country’s most successful investors, he made a huge profit during the 1992 Black Wednesday crisis and became famous as the man who broke the Bank of England.
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 23 Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954

Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, was known for her many portraits and self-portraits. Her work is said to have been inspired by the nature, artifacts and popular culture of Mexico. Her work was not much known until the late 1970s, when it was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By early 1990s, she became a recognized figure in art history.

 24 Rosemary Kennedy

Rosemary Kennedy
Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: John F. Kennedy's Sister
Birthdate: September 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 7, 2005
Rosemary Kennedy was the eldest daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and sister of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. A botched lobotomy conducted on her, to control her violent mood swings, rendered her unable to speak properly and paralyzed. Her family did not meet her for 20 years.
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 25 Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt
Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

 26 Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell
Famous As: Police Officer
Birthdate: December 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Danville, Georgia, United States
Died: August 29, 2007

Security guard and law enforcement officer, Richard A. Jewell, came to limelight for alerting the police prior to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996. Initially hailed as a hero, he later became a suspect in the case. His name was cleared after Eric Rudolph eventually confessed to that bombing. Jewell died of severe illness in 2007.  

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 27 Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama
Listed In: Explorers
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1469 AD
Birthplace: Sines, Portugal
Died: December 24, 1524

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the first to link Europe and Asia through an ocean route, when he reached Calicut in 1498, thus enriching Portuguese trade with Asia. He made a second voyage later. He was made Count of Vidigueira in 1519 and the viceroy of India in 1524.

 28 Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: June 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Square Cottage, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: April 24, 1986

Wallis Simpson was an American socialite. She remains a controversial figure in the history of British politics as she played a major role in causing a constitutional crisis that eventually led to the abdication of British King Edward VIII. Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry Wallis as he could not marry Wallis, a divorcée, while remaining on the throne.

 29 James Cook

James Cook
Listed In: Explorers
Famous As: Explorer & Navigator
Birthdate: October 27, 1728
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marton, England
Died: February 14, 1779

British explorer, navigator, and cartographer James Cook, who had also served the merchant navy and Royal Navy, was the first to complete an expedition around New Zealand. He explored areas in the South Pacific, such as eastern Australia and Hawaii. He was killed while trying to kidnap a Hawaiian king.

 30 Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc
Listed In: Saints
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: January 6, 1412
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Domrémy, Duchy of Bar, Kingdom of France, France
Died: May 30, 1431

Considered a great saint and a symbol of French unity, Joan of Arc led the French army to the watershed victory over the English forces in Orleans in 1429. In 1430, she was captured by the Anglo-Burgundians while defending Compiegne. She was burned at the stake at the age of 19 in 1431. Pope Benedict XV canonised her in 1920.

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 31 Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush
Listed In: First Ladies
Famous As: Former First Lady of the U.S
Birthdate: June 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flushing
Died: April 17, 2018

The first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993, Barbara Bush was the wife of the 41st US President George H. W. Bush. She was also the mother of  George W. Bush, the 43rd president of US. As the first lady, she focused on family literacy and was the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

 32 Bruce Kingsbury

Bruce Kingsbury
Listed In: Soldiers
Famous As: Victoria Cross Winner
Birthdate: January 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: August 29, 1942
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 33 Prince Louis of Cambridge

Prince Louis of Cambridge
Famous As: Member of the British Royal Family
Birthdate: April 23, 2018
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Mary's Hospital, London, England

Prince Louis of Cambridge is the second son of Catherine and Prince William. One of the members of the British royal family, Louis is behind his grandfather, father, brother, and sister in the line of succession to the throne; he is the first British prince to be ranked behind a sister after the enactment of the Perth Agreement

 34 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morns, Oklahoma, USA
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 35 Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin
Listed In: Astronauts
Famous As: American engineer
Birthdate: January 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
Buzz Aldrin became the second person to set foot on the Moon, as the pilot of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon, on July 21, 1969. Aldrin has also been a U.S. Air Force officer and flew fighter jets in the Korean War.

 36 Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Famous As: Daughter of Steve Jobs
Birthdate: May 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oregon, United States
Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and painter Chrisann Brennan, is a journalist who has written for Vogue and The Southwest Review. Jobs initially denied having fathered her, but a DNA test and a legal case proved the paternity. The Apple Lisa computer was named after her.

 37 Ashley Biden

Ashley Biden
Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: Joe Biden's Daughter
Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

Ashley Biden, youngest daughter of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, has been the executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice. Ashley owns a clothing company, Livelihood, which donates its sales proceeds to various charities, partnering with online retailer Gilt Groupe. She has fought against animal testing and for dolphin conservation.

 38 Deborah Birx

Deborah Birx
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States

 39 John Glenn

John Glenn
Famous As: Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth
Birthdate: July 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ohio, United States
Died: December 8, 2016

The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn was an astronaut, aviator, politician, and businessman. Beginning his career as an army man, he was a fighter pilot in World War II. He later joined NASA and was one of the Mercury Seven. Following his retirement from NASA, he became a politician and served in the US Senate.

 40 Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki
Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bunkyō

Considered one of the most prominent filmmakers in the history of animated films, Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has gained worldwide acclaim as a maker of animated films and a masterful storyteller. Miyazaki has served as an inspiration to several world-renowned animators and directors, including James Cameron and Wes Anderson.

 41 Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy
Listed In: Soldiers
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: June 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston, Texas, United States
Died: May 28, 1971

Audie Murphy displayed such valor as an American soldier in World War II that he did not have problems establishing a successful acting career after the war, as he was already famous for his heroism which he demonstrated by single-handedly holding off many German soldiers for an hour before leading a successful counterattack despite being wounded and out of ammunition.

 42 Elin Nordegren

Elin Nordegren
Famous As: Model, Ex-Wife of Tiger Woods
Birthdate: January 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Elin Nordegren, former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, initially worked as a model, appearing on the cover of Cafe Sport. She met Tiger while working as a nanny for golfer Jesper Parnevik. In 2010, following a massive cheating scandal and her divorce from Tiger, Elin received $100 million as settlement.

 43 Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan
Listed In: First Ladies
Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan was an American actress who also served as the first lady of the US between 1981 and 1989. One of her major initiatives as the first lady was her role in founding a drug awareness campaign called Just Say No. She had a strong influence on President Ronald Reagan, having an impact on many of his diplomatic decisions.

 44 Francis Drake

Francis Drake
Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Tavistock, Devon
Died: January 27, 1596

Francis Drake was an English explorer and naval officer. He is remembered for his Raiding Expedition, a prominent historical maritime event which unfolded between 1577 and 1580. Although Drake is considered a hero in the United Kingdom, his privateering led the Spanish to refer to him as a pirate. His expedition has also had a major cultural impact in Britain.

 45 Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla
Listed In: Astronauts
Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: March 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karnal, India
Died: February 1, 2003
Astronaut Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-origin woman to go to space in the 1997 STS-87 mission. She and the other crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 mission died when the shuttle exploded before reaching Earth. The Indian weather satellite MetSat-1 was renamed Kalpana-1 in her honor.

 46 Kim Jong-nam

Kim Jong-nam
Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: Son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pyongyang, North Korea
Died: February 13, 2017

 47 John Astin

John Astin
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
John Astin is best known as Gomez Addams from the 1960s’ series The Addams Family. He was a known face in movies of the horror-comedy/parody genre, such as the Killer Tomatoes films. Some of his other notable films were West Side Story, Freaky Friday, and National Lampoon's European Vacation.

 48 Prince Philip

Prince Philip
Famous As: Husband of Queen Elizabeth II
Birthdate: June 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece
Died: April 9, 2021

Prince Philip was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Born into the Greek and Danish royal families, he first met Elizabeth in 1934. After courting her for a few years, he married her in 1947. He was formally made a British prince in 1957. He was the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family. 

 49 Charles, Prince of Wales

Charles, Prince of Wales
Famous As: Prince of Wales
Birthdate: November 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, London, England

The heir apparent to the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II. He is a patron, president, and a member of over 400 charities and organizations. He is an environmentalist and is known for his support for alternative medicine. He has a deep interest in architecture and the conservation of historic buildings.

 50 Princess Anne

Princess Anne
Famous As: Daughter of Queen Elizabeth II
Birthdate: August 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clarence House, Westminster, London

The second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, is 14th in line to the throne as of May 2019. She is the royal couple’s only daughter. She is the patron of over 300 organizations and is known for her high-profile charity work. She is considered one of Britain's most popular royals.

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