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King Charles III

Facts About King Charles III

Celebrated Name King Charles III
Age 74 Years Old
Nick Name Charles
Birth Name Charles Philip Arthur George
Birth Date 1948-11-14
Gender Male
Profession King of United Kingdom
Birth Nation United Kingdom
Place Of Birth Buckingham Palace, London
Nationality British
Ethnicity Mixed
Mother Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (later Elizabeth II)
Father Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Siblings Anne (born 1950), Andrew (born 1960) and Edward (born 1964)
School Hill House School, Gordonstoun School, Cheam Preparatory School, Geelong Grammar School
College / University Trinity College Cambridge
University University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Religion Christian
Net Worth $600 million
Source of Wealth Duchy of Cornwall
Wife Camilla Parker-Bowles
Children Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (born in 1982) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (born in 1984) with Princess Diana (Ex-Wife)
Sexual Orientation Straight
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 70 KG
Hair Color Gray
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Average
Links Wikipedia

King Charles III is King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He became the new King of the United Kingdom after he acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022. At the time he became king, he was the longest-serving heir apparent in British royal family history and the oldest monarch to assume the British throne at the age of 73 years old. “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” Charles said in a statement in September 2022 after the death of his mother. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign, and much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection on which The Queen was so widely held.” In a speech at Buckingham Palace days after he became king, Charles spoke about his “duty to protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for Faith itself and its practice through the religions, cultures, traditions, and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us.” He continued,  “My Christian beliefs have love at their very heart. By my most profound convictions, therefore, as well as by my position as sovereign, I hold myself bound to respect those who follow other spiritual paths, as well as those who seek to live their lives according to secular ideals.” He was born as the eldest child of the late Queen Elizabeth II. He rose to fame as Duke of Cornwall in England and as Duke of Rothesay in Scotland. When Charles was three years old, his grandfather died and his mother ascended the throne, making him the heir apparent. He was created Prince of Wales in 1958, and his investiture was in 1969. He founded the youth charity the Prince's Trust in 1976, sponsors the Prince's Charities, and is a patron, president, or a member of over 400 other charities and organizations.  He is also an author or co-author of over 20 books. An environmentalist, Charles supported organic farming and action to prevent climate change during his time as the manager of the Duchy of Cornwall estates, earning him awards and recognition from environmental groups. 

What is King Charles III Known For?

  • King Charles III is King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. 
  • Known for being Queen Elizabeth’s oldest son, Charles became the heir apparent to the British throne and received the title ‘Duke of Cornwall.’ 

Who are King Charles III Parents?

King Charles III was born at 21:14 (GMT) on 14 November 1948. His born name is Charles Philip Arthur George. He is from Buckingham Palace, London, the United Kingdom during the reign of his maternal grandfather, George VI. He was the first child of Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (later Elizabeth II), and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the age of 96, his mother Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September 2022, at Buckingham Palace. Her death was confirmed that evening at 18:30 BST. She dies peacefully, it was a natural death. His parents would have three additional children, Anne (born 1950), Andrew (born 1960), and Edward (born 1964). He holds British nationality and his ethnicity is Mixed. He is of European Royal, English, German, Hungarian, French, Anglo-Irish, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Swiss, Belgian, Dutch, Bohemian/Czech, Scottish, Lithuanian, Russian, and Polish descent. On 15 December 1948, at four weeks old, he was christened in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher. In February 1952, upon the death of his grandfather and the accession of his mother as Queen Elizabeth II, Charles became the heir apparent. On 2 June 1953, Charles attended his mother's coronation at Westminster Abbey.

When he turned five, a governess, Catherine Peebles, was appointed to oversee his education at Buckingham Palace. On 7 November 1956, Charles commenced classes at Hill House School in west London. He was the first heir apparent to attend school rather than be educated by a private tutor. He then attended two of his father's former schools, Cheam Preparatory School in Berkshire, England, from 1958, followed by Gordonstoun in the northeast of Scotland, beginning classes there in April 1962.  He then joined the Geelong Grammar School in Geelong, Australia, and progressed toward becoming Head Boy, much the same as his dad. He cleared out in 1967 and did great in History and French, with an A-level. He at that point went straight from auxiliary school to Trinity College Cambridge and took classes in history, anthropology, and archaeology. He graduated in 1970 with a 2.2 Bachelor of Arts degree. He likewise got a Master of Arts Degree from Cambridge. Furthermore, he also studied the Welsh Language at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His present age is 73 as of 2021. 

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When did King Charles III become King of the UK?

  • Charles was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester on 26th July 1958. 
  • He took his seat in the House of Lords in 1970. 
  • He made his maiden speech in June 1974, the first royal to speak from the floor since the future Edward VII in 1884. He spoke again in 1975.
  • He began to take on more public duties, founding the Prince's Trust in 1976, and traveling to the United States in 1981. 
  • He served in the Royal Navy and Air Force. 
  • During his second year at Cambridge, he requested and received Royal Air Force training, learning to fly the Chipmunk aircraft with Cambridge University Air Squadron. 
  • He attended the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell training as a jet pilot. 
  • At that point, he went to the Royal Naval College Dartmouth for a six-week instructional class.
  • He served on the HMS Norfolk, HMS Minerva, and HMS Jupiter. 
  • He then joined the 845 Naval Air Squadron, worked an HMS Hermes, and took summon of the HMS Bronington. 
  • He is qualified to fly Chipmunk Basic Pilot Trainer, a Harrier T MK.4 V/STOL warrior fly, and a few other aircraft.
  • In 2008, The Daily Telegraph described Charles as the "hardest-working member of the royal family".
  • He carried out 560 official engagements in 2008, 499 in 2010, and over 600 in 2011.
  • During his time as Prince of Wales, Charles undertook official duties on behalf of the Queen.
  • In 1970, Charles visited Bermuda to mark the Parliament of Bermuda's 350th anniversary. In his speech to parliament and referring to the actions of Charles I, Charles said "Bearing in mind I am the first Charles to have anything to do with a Parliament for 350 years, I might have turned nasty and dissolved you".
  • He also represented the Queen at the independence celebrations in Fiji in 1970, the Bahamas in 1973, Papua New Guinea in 1975, Zimbabwe in 1980, and Brunei in 1984. 
  • In 1995, he became the first member of the royal family to visit the Republic of Ireland in an official capacity.
  • He represented the Queen at the Hong Kong handover ceremony in 1997. 
  • In 1981, he became the patron of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
  • In 2010, Charles represented the Queen at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
  • From 15 to 17 November 2013, he represented the Queen for the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • In 2013, he donated an unspecified sum of money to the British Red Cross Syria Crisis appeal and DEC Syria appeal, which is run by 14 British charities to help victims of the Syrian civil war.
  • In 2015, it was revealed that Charles had access to confidential UK cabinet papers.
  • In 2013, 2014, and 2015, he met with the commander of Saudi Arabia's National Guard Mutaib bin Abdullah.
  • On 7 March 2019, the Queen hosted a Buckingham Palace event to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles's investiture as the Prince of Wales.
  • In January 2020, Charles became the first British patron of the International Rescue Committee, a charity that aims to help refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster.
  • In April 2021 and following a surge in COVID-19 cases in India, Charles issued a statement, announcing the launch of an emergency appeal for India by the British Asian Trust, of which he is the founder. 
  • In November 2021, Charles attended the ceremonies held to mark Barbados's transition into a parliamentary republic, which removed the Queen as Barbadian head of state.
  • In May 2022, he attended the State Opening of Parliament and delivered the Queen's Speech on behalf of his mother as a counselor of state for the first time.
  • In June 2022, The Times reported that Charles had privately described the UK Government's Rwanda asylum plan as "appalling" and feared that it would overshadow the June Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda, where Charles represented the Queen.
  • It was later reported that cabinet ministers had warned Charles to avoid making political comments, as they feared a constitutional crisis could arise if he continued to make such statements once he became king.
  • In 1976, he established the Prince’s Trust and set out to the United States. He serves as the president of all the charitable organizations that he has established. He has also promoted environmental awareness. 
  • Since the 1970s, Charles has promoted environmental awareness.
  • He acceded to the British throne on 8 September 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. 
  • He was the longest-serving British heir apparent, surpassing Edward VII's record on 20 April 2011.
  • When he became monarch at the age of 73, he was the oldest person to do so, the previous record holder being William IV, who was 64 when he became king in 1830.
  • Plans have been made for Charles's coronation under the code name Operation Golden Orb. The committee is chaired by Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, who holds the hereditary title of Earl Marshal. 
  • Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Clarence House confirmed that Charles would use the regnal name "Charles III".
  • He gave his first speech to the nation on 9 September at 18:00 BST, in which he mourned his late mother and proclaimed his son William the Prince of Wales.
  • On 10 September 2022, Charles was publicly proclaimed king by the Accession Council. The ceremony was televised for the first time, live streamed at 10:00 BST. Attendees included William, Prince of Wales, The Queen Consort Camilla, British prime minister Liz Truss, and her predecessors John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson.

King Charles III Titles, Honors, and Achievements

  • 1948–1952: His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Edinburgh
  • 1952–1958: His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall - in Scotland: 1952–2022: His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay
  • 1958–2022: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
  • 2022–present: His Majesty The King

Late Queen Elizabeth II posed with her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla

How Rich is King Charles III?

King Charles III is King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. As of 2022, the net worth of King Charles III is estimated to have $600 Million. Before he became the King of the United Kingdom, Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles (now Camilla, Queen Consort) received 90 percent of their income from a private estate called the Duchy of Cornwall, which was established in 1337 to financially support the heir to the throne. The Duchy of Cornwall is funded through the ownership and operation of land in rural and urban areas, as well as islands and rental cottages in Wales, Cornwall, and other areas in the United Kingdom. In 2018, the Duchy of Cornwall made Charles and Camilla $28 million. Charles and Camilla also received $1.8 million in 2018 from the Sovereign Grant, a taxpayer fund paid each year to the British royal family, as well as another $627,000 from various United Kingdom departments. The British royal family receives a grant in exchange for surrendering their profits from the Crown Estate, the family’s collection of lands and holdings worth £14.1 billion, to the government, according to BBC. According to CNN, about 50 percent of Charles and Camilla’s annual income was spent on travel and official royal engagements, while a quarter went to taxes. The remaining $8.9 million went to Charles’ children with his late wife Princess Diana—Prince William and Prince Harry—as well as non-official purchases and a royal savings account. Charles and Camilla are also senior members of The Firm, also known as the Monarchy PLC. The firm operates and a multi-million-pound business empire that boosts the United Kingdom economy through televised events and tourism, according to Fortune. His success in his career path has paid him well financially making his net worth estimated to be $400 million as of 2022. According to Forbes, the British royal family holds almost $28 billion in real estate as of 2021 that cannot be sold. That amount breaks down: The Crown Estate: $19.5 billion, Buckingham Palace: $4.9 billion, The Duchy of Cornwall: $1.3 billion, The Duchy of Lancaster: $748 million, Kensington Palace: $630 million, The Crown Estate of Scotland: $592 million. According to Forbes, Charles inherited the Queen’s $500 million in personal assets after her death.  Those assets include her personal investments, art collection, jewelry, rare stamps, and real estate holdings, which include Sandringham House in Norfolk, England, and the Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where the Queen died. Charles also inherited the Queen’s $70 million in assets from the Queen Mother, which included a stamp collection, fine china, jewels, horses, and even a valuable Faberge egg collection and paintings from artists like Monet, Nash, and Carl Fabergé. Charles also didn’t have to pay an inheritance tax on his inheritance from the Queen due to a 1993 agreement between the British royal family and former Prime Minister John Major. Under the agreement, inheritances from sovereign to sovereign are exempt from the United Kingdom’s 40-percent inheritance tax. The agreement was created to avoid the erosion of the British royal family’s wealth. Today, he is living a lavish lifestyle. 

Who is King Charles III married to?

King Charles III has been married twice to date. He is currently married to Camilla Parker-Bowles (second wife) on 9th April 2005. Their engagement was announced on 10 February 2005; he presented her with an engagement ring that belonged to his grandmother. The Queen's consent to the marriage (as required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772) was recorded in a Privy Council meeting on 2 March. The couple is living a happy married life at present. Previously, he was married to Princess Diana on 29 July 1981 in St Paul’s Cathedral and they were blessed with 2 sons – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (born in 1982) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (born in 1984). Charles first met Lady Diana Spencer in 1977 while he was visiting her home, Althorp. Charles proposed to Diana in February 1981 which she accepted. Upon his marriage, Charles reduced his voluntary tax contribution from the profits generated by the Duchy of Cornwall from 50% to 25%. The duo had a tumultuous married life which attracted a lot of media attraction and they finally got divorced on August 28, 1996. His girlfriends included Georgiana Russell, the daughter of Sir John Russell, who was British ambassador to Spain; Lady Jane Wellesley, the daughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington; Davina Sheffield; Lady Sarah Spencer. 

King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, Queen Consort

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How tall is King Charles III?

King Charles III, at the age of 73 still looks very handsome. He stands at the height of 5 ft 10 in. His bodyweight consists of 70 KG. His body type is average. His hair color is Gray and his eyes color is blue. He has got a healthy body at present. On 25 March 2020, it was announced that Charles had contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic. He and his wife subsequently isolated at their Birkhall residence. Camilla was also tested but returned a negative result. On 30 March 2020, Clarence House announced that Charles had recovered from the virus, and that, after consulting his doctor, he was no longer isolated. Two days later, he stated in a video that he would continue to practice social distancing. On 10 February 2022, it was announced that Charles had tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time and was self-isolating. His wife later also confirmed contracting the virus, followed by the Queen herself 10 days after Charles's second diagnosis. Charles and his wife received doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in February 2021. 

Trivias About King Charles III You Need To Know.

  • Scorpio is his zodiac sign.
  • Charles Philip Arthur George is his born name.
  • He became the first heir apparent to attend school rather than have a private tutor.
  • Prince Charles was baptized in the palace’s Music Room by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, on December 15, 1948.
  • He has served as the president of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • He is left-handed.
  • In September 2022, Prince Charles became the King of the UK after the death of his mother Elizabeth II. His wife Camilla Parker became the Queen Consort.