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Fun Facts About King Charles III

19th January 2023 in Just for fun

King Charles III has been a Royal for over 74 years, and yet there are still some things you probably don't know about him. Here are some fun facts about the British monarch:

King Charles III’s Coronation

In May 2023, we will be celebrating the coronation of late Queen Elizabeth II's son King Charles III. The coronation is a formal ceremony in which the new monarch will be formally crowned, invested with regalia and inaugurated as the monarch of Great Britain! We're really looking forward to it!

The Oldest British Monarch

King Charles III will be the oldest monarch to be crowned in British history, at 74 years old! King Charles III is known for being a bit of an eccentric. When he was younger, he apparently used to sell flowers on street corners during his summers off from school. As a young adult, he took up golf as a hobby and became quite skilled at it; golf was one of his favourite pastimes until recently.

Education and Navy

Charles became the first member of the royal family to earn a degree. He bachelor of arts degree, graduating from Cambridge University in 1970. He then served in the Royal Navy from 1971 to 1976 as a search and rescue officer during the Falkland Islands War. Charles was promoted to commander in 1976 and retired from active duty with his last posting being at HMNB Devonport where he was Captain of HMS Bronington.

Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales is the title given to the heir apparent to the British throne. King Charles was only 9 years old when he was given this Royal title. The current holder of this title is William, the son of Charles, who was officially given the title at just 9 years old.

If you're wondering how young they have to be before they become king or queen, it's quite young—Queen Victoria was only 18 years old when she became Queen!

Favourite drinks

The Royal Family is known to enjoy Dubonnet & gin. A simple combination of wine, bitters and gin that was likely invented by a French doctor in the mid-1930s. It's said to have been the preferred drink of both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip over the course of their lives together.

King Charles III has his martini every day before dinner—a tradition he started with his grandfather who swore off any other alcoholic beverage after losing an eye in World War I. His recipe? One part gin, one part dry vermouth (served on ice), and a twist of lemon peel—no olives!

He also sells his own line of scotch whiskey as part of his effort to make money off his role as king...and it's actually quite popular!

His Full name

Charles's full name is Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor.

These are the names of his father, and former Kings of whom he is a descendant.

Mountbatten-Windsor is a surname used by some members of the royal family, including the late Queen Elizabeth II and her eldest son King Charles and his descendants — but it's not part of their official titles.

All in all, King Charles III is an interesting character with a lot of stories to tell. He's got an impressive career and an adventurous spirit that you'd expect from any British monarch. Whether he'll be the most popular king we've ever seen remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure: it'll be fun watching him try!

Want more facts about the King? Go to our King Charles III’s Coronation page for more.

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