1. King Charles III was the first royal baby born at Buckingham Palace in the 20th century.
2. King Charles III was just 9 years old when he was officially given the title of Prince of Wales.
3. King Charles III wrote a children’s book.
4. King Charles III has a frog named after him.
5. King Charles III was just 9 years old when he was officially given the title of Prince of Wales.
6. People weren't sure if King Charles III would keep his name.
7. King Charles III’s Secret Service nickname is “Unicorn.“
8. He is the eldest son of The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
9. He studied archaeology and anthropology for his first year before switching to history
10. Charles once revealed to actress Julie Walters that he is a fan of the Harry Potter films.
11. In 1967, he passed his A levels, gaining a grade B in history and a C in French, along with a distinction in an optional special history paper.
12. His Jaguars, Audi and Range Rovers have all been converted to run on 100 per cent biodiesel made from used cooking oil.
Charles was born on November 14, 1948, in London. He was the oldest child of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. The first child to a reigning monarch since Queen Victoria's daughter Alice in 1878. Since 1688, there had been no previous regnal gaps since his father James II abdicated.
King Charles I, the monarch succeeded his father James I in 1625 as the King of England and Scotland. Charles' acts during his reign enraged his Parliament, sparked the English Civil War, and ultimately ended in his execution in 1649. King Charles II was the king of Great Britain and Ireland from 1660 until he passed away in 1685.
At age 4, Charles was famously shown seated between the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at Elizabeth’s coronation ceremony and continued to spend his life in the public eye.
According to Royal.uk, the official website of the British royal family, Charles's parents chose to send him to school, making him the first heir to receive an outside education, rather than one from private tutors. He attended several schools, including a private boarding school in Scotland and two terms as an exchange student in Melbourne.
King Charles III, the 40th British monarch to serve over the past 1,200 years, ascended to the throne on September 8, 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. At age 73, British history’s longest-serving heir-apparent was officially proclaimed king two days later at a ceremony at St. James’s Palace near Buckingham Palace, making him the oldest person to assume the title.
A coronation date has yet to be announced, but will likely occur in 2023 at London's Westminster Abbey, where he will become the 40th monarch crowned there in the 900 years the ceremony has been held at the landmark. As king, Charles is head of the Commonwealth, which includes 54 countries, including 14, plus the United Kingdom, in which he is also the head of state.
With Charles’s ascension, his son William inherited his father’s former title, Prince of Wales and became the heir to the throne. Camilla’s title changed to Queen Consort. Charles has five grandchildren: Prince George (next in line to the crown after William), Princess Charlotte and Prince Louie, all born to Prince William and Kate Middleton; and Archie and Lilibet, children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.