Who is King Charles III?
King Charles III is the current crowned king of the United Kingdom following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th of September 2022.
His full name is Charles Philip Arthur George and he was born on the 14th of November 1948. He is the oldest person to be crowned and assume the British throne at the age of 73.
King Charles’ previous titles include Duke of Rothesay, Duke of Cornwall, longest-serving heir apparent in British history, and the longest-serving Prince of Wales. He was born a Christian and he attends the Church of England.
King Charles III was born in Buckingham palace in London, England, the United Kingdom on the 14th of November, 1948. He was born to Queen Elizabeth II, his mother, and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, his father.
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He grew up with his parents and his younger siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
When he was born at 9:14 pm, the bells in the Westminster abbey tolled in Hyde park, and the Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute.
He was christened a month later by England’s Canterbury archbishop who was the most senior member of the Church of England. He is King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth’s first grandchild.
Charles became the first heir apparent to receive an education in this way when Buckingham Palace declared in 1955 that he would go to school instead of hiring a private tutor.
Charles started attending the west London school Hill House School on November 7th, 1956. Stuart Townend, who founded the school and served as its first headmaster, did not treat him preferentially.
Instead, he suggested to the Queen that Charles take up football because the boys never showed any sign of deference to anyone on the field.
After that, Charles attended two of his father’s former schools: Gordonstoun in the north-east of Scotland, where he started attending lessons in April 1962, and Cheam Preparatory School in Berkshire, England, starting in 1958.
He attended Geelong Grammar School for two terms in 1966 at the Timbertop campus in Victoria, Australia, where he traveled to Papua New Guinea with his history teacher, Michael Collins Persse.
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Charles cited his stay at Timbertop as the most pleasurable experience of his entire education in 1973. Charles adopted his father’s role as head boy at Gordonstoun after his return.
With six GCE O-levels in history and two A-levels in French, both in grades B and C, he graduated in 1967.
When Charles chose to enroll in university immediately after finishing his A-levels rather than enlist in the British Armed Forces, he broke royal precedent a second time.
In October 1967, he received acceptance into Trinity College, Cambridge. He read archaeology and anthropology for the first portion of Tripos before switching to history for the second.
Charles studied Welsh history and language for a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth during his second year of college.
He received a 2:2 Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Cambridge on June 23, 1970, becoming the first British heir apparent to complete college.
His Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree from Cambridge was presented to him on August 2nd, 1975. Master of Arts is not a postgraduate degree at Cambridge; it is a status in academia.
King Charles III Family
Charles married Diana Spencer on the 29th of July, 1981 and they had two children; Prince William who was born in 1982, and Prince Henry (Harry) who was born in 1984. Charles was present at his children’s births making him the first royal father to do so.
His relationship with his wife, Diana became strained after five years due to their incompatibility and the large age gap (12 years).
Along with the infidelity from both sides, they later divorced on the 28th of August, 1996. They were nicknamed ‘The Glum’ by various tabloids.
On the 31st of August, 1997, Diana was involved in a fatal car crash that claimed her life, unfortunately. After Diana’s funeral which Charles attended, he went on to propose and marry Camilla Parker Bowles who was his previous mistress in 2005.
His marriage with Camilla was the first non-religious civil ceremony held in England for a British Royal.
King Charles III has five grandchildren from his two sons; Prince Harry and Prince William. His grandchildren from Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, are; Lilbet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and his grandchildren from Prince William, Prince of Wales, are; Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, and Prince Louis of Wales
Charles III Honors, Titles, and Military appointments
Charles III held his first honorary appointment in 1969 as a Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regiment of Wales. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, he went on to serve in the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy for five years from 1971 to 1976.
In 1972 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. His other military titles are; Colonel, Honorary Air Commodore, Air Commodore-in-Chief, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Honorary Colonel, Royal Colonel, and Honorary Commodore.
Charles has held the second-highest position in each of the three branches of the Canadian Forces since 2009. On June 16, 2012, the Queen installed Charles as Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal, and Marshal of the Royal Air Force to acknowledge his support in her role as Commander-in-Chief.
In addition to receiving nine honorary degrees from institutions in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, he has been initiated into seven orders, been awarded eight decorations by Commonwealth realms, and been given 20 distinct international honors.
King Charles III is now regarded as the oldest Royal to assume the throne at the old age of seventy-three (73) and the longest-serving heir apparent for seventy years at the age of three (3) when his mother became queen in the year 1952 at the age of twenty-five (25).
He is saddened about the loss of his mother but has promised to perform his duties as he assumes his throne
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