On 8 September 2022, at the age of 73, Prince Charles became King Charles III. Here are some curiosities about his life, his family and his predecessors.
He has been preparing for the crown all his life. Now, at 73, that time has finally come.
Carlo, the oldest person to ever take the British thronebecame king on Thursday 8 September 2022 following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the same day.
No date has yet been set for his coronation, but in the meantime it is already known that he will take the name of King Charles III.
After an apprenticeship that began as a child, Charles today embodies the modernization of the British monarchy.
It was the first uneducated heir at homethe first to earn a college degree and the first to grow up under the increasingly intense scrutiny of the media as deference to royalty faded.
He has made a lot of talk in the past with his divorce frombeloved Princess Dianahas put a strain on rules that forbid royals from intervening in public affairs.
Furthermore, he has always worked hard on issues such as environmental protection and architectural conservation.
Here’s what you need to know about England’s new king.
Who is the new king of Great Britain, Charles III
Charles was born to Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip on 14 November 1948 in London, christened as Charles Philip Arthur George.
The young prince he attended, like his father, Gordonstoun, a college in eastern Scotland, rather than undergoing palace tutoring as was hitherto customary.
He later attended theUniversity of Cambridge to study history.
Charles was nominated Prince of Galles at the age of 20 by the Queen in 1969, in a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in Wales.
The title, created under a charter by King Edward III in 1337, is reserved for the eldest son of the reigning monarch.
As a result now William and his wife, Catherine, will become the new Prince and Princess of Wales.
What are Charles’ interests and causes?
Carlo is a well-known supporter of social and charitable causes. He is patron or president of over 400 organizations, including golf, opera and military groups.
Nature and the conservation of the environment have been his main concerns even before the climate issue would become a global problem.
Charles drove electric vehicles and, like his mother, promoted tree planting.
It has supported large financial prizes for technological and scientific innovations that reduce carbon emissions and the impact of climate change.
It also manages a organic farm and its products are sold in British shops.
The new king also always spent himself for support young people. His charity Prince’s Trust was set up in the midst of an unemployment crisis and today provides job training to thousands of young Britons.
Charles is also known to be passionate about architecture, Middle Eastern art and alternative medicines. He is also a prolific letter writer, which he sends to staff members and officials.
In the past, he has been criticized several times for being outspoken on such matters, where traditionally the monarchy is more cautious about expressing opinions.
He has sometimes stated that he is aware that it could be perceived as “meddling”, adding that he has often “challenged accepted wisdom”.
What title will Charles’ wife Camilla take?
Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, after divorcing his first wife Princess Diana in 1996. She then died a year later in Paris in a car accident that stunned the world.
When Charles and Camilla married, British public sentiment towards her was rather frosty, so it was announced that Camilla would not be known as queen when she became monarch, but as “princess consort“.
Recently, however, during the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the reignElizabeth had announced that Camilla would be recognized as queen consort when Charles would become king.
Who are the children of King Charles III?
Carlo has two children, from his first wife Diana SpencerPrincess of Wales: Princes William, born 1982, and Prince Henry, born 1984. Charles was the first royal to be present at the birth of his children.
William Arthur Philip Louis was born on 21 June 1982 and is the eldest son of King Charles III.
At the moment when his father was proclaimed king, William became the heir to the British throne and received the titles of Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester.
Prince William is married to Catherine Middleton since 2011 and the couple have three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Henry Charles Albert David was born on 15 September 1984. He is the youngest son of King Charles III and Diana.
Harry is married to the American actress Meghan Markle. They have two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
In January 2020, the couple gave up their positions as senior members of the royal family and moved to Southern California, causing quite a stir at Buckingham Palace.
Who were Charles I and Charles II?
Charles I succeeded his father, James I, in 1625. His was a troubled reign which led to the English Civil War.
He married a Catholic, which offended many English Protestants, and dissolved Parliament several times in the face of opposition.
He was defeated by Parliament during the civil wars and was imprisoned for treason. He refused to cooperate and was subsequently executed in London in 1649.
After his death, for a short time theEngland became a republic managed by Oliver Cromwell.
Later, the Scots invited the son of Charles I, Charles IIto go to Scotland and proclaimed him king.
Charles II was crowned at Scone in 1651, prompting English forces to retaliate.
He fled to France and the English government announced that England and Scotland would become a single Commonwealth, with a union in place since 1652.
Charles II spent the next nine years in exile. Then, in 1660, after Cromwell’s death, he was invited back to London and restored to the British throne.
Having regained power, Charles II made sure that anyone who signed his father’s death warrant was executed. Even Cromwell’s body was dug up and beheaded.
The final phase of his reign was consumed with attempts to resolve religious dissent and died in 1685 without legitimate issue.
Five curiosities about King Charles III
- He was the longest serving heir in British history.
- He was the first royal child born at Buckingham Palace in the 20th century.
- He was the first British royal heir to earn a degree, studying Anthropology, Archeology and History to earn a Bachelor of the Arts.
- He can play the cello.
- In August 2019, he teamed up with British designers Vin and Omi to produce a clothing line made from nettles found on his Highgrove estate.