50 Images That Show The Noble Life of King Charles III
King Charles III was the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, being just three years old when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended the throne. He has spent many years working behind the scenes to promote charities and fulfill his duties as a leading member of the royal family. Charles is often overshadowed by his children and was most definitely overshadowed when he was married to Princess Diana. Now that Queen Elizabeth II has died, Charles is King.
King Charles III Was The First Royal Baby Born At Buckingham Palace In The 20th Century
Princess Elizabeth was only twenty-two years old when she had her first child, Charles Philip Arthur George, in 1948. The newspapers announced his birth, saying he was “a lovely boy, a really splendid boy.”
King Charles II was the first royal baby born at Buckingham Palace in the 20th Century. He was born to Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during the reign of his maternal grandfather George VI.
King Charles Was Just 9 Years Old When He Was Officially Given The Title Of Prince Of Wales
The title “Prince of Wales” is only given to a male heir apparent, but it isn’t automatically given at birth. When his grandfather died in 1952, Charles went from third to second in line to the throne.
However, it wasn't until 1958, when he was nine years old, that he was finally granted the title of Prince of Wales and its conjoining title, Earl of Chester. So, he could’ve held the title of longest-serving Prince of Wales even longer.
People Weren't Sure If King Charles Would Keep His Name
Several monarchs choose a regnal name that is different than their birth name, such as George VI, who was christened Albert Frederick Arthur George, but went by Bertie for most of his life. The king was the most famous Charles in the U.K. for seven decades; the previous two King Charles didn’t go down well in the history books.
Charles I was executed for treason, and the monarch was actually abolished for a short time because of his actions. Charles II spent time in exile until the monarchy was restored eleven years later. However, Charles chose to keep his name.
King Charles Can Play The Cello
As a child, Charles learned how to play the trumpet, piano, and cello. He stuck with the cello and played in the Trinity College Orchestra while an undergrad. Charles said, “I loved playing in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and trying to practice in my room at Cambridge to an old record conducted by Herbert von Karajan, who was the great conductor in those days, in the sixties.
There was me sitting with my cello and my tuning fork, and I put this thing on, and of course, he took it at an incredible lick; you’ve no idea how fast. When I joined the Navy, I found it wasn’t so easy to take a cello on a ship. It got abandoned for a bit, and I never managed to take it up again.”
King Charles' Secret Service Nickname Is Unicorn
Certain visiting dignitaries to the U.S. are given code names of their own, and Charles was given an embarrassing name. He was called a Unicorn, which is the national animal of Scotland.
It has been part of its coat of arms for some six hundred years. The first recorded example of a Scottish monarch using a unicorn as a symbol of strength was from the late 1300s.
Richard Nixon Tried To Set King Charles Up With His Daughter Tricia
In 1970, President Richard Nixon tried to play matchmaker with the future king of England. Charles took a trip to Washington, D.C. with his sister Anne and they were taken to various museums and sites and were given rooms in the White House.
"The president arranged to have Tricia seated next to Charles at every occasion, which annoyed him. Even though he didn't hit it off with the first daughter, Charles was still amused by the president's endeavors. Many years later on a visit to Washington with Camilla, he was still laughing about Nixon's attempt at matchmaking." ---- Sally Bedell Smith.
He First Met Lady Diana Spencer When He Was Dating Her Older Sister
Charles met Lady Sarah Spencer in 1977 at a party at Windsor Castle, and they invited each other to polo and shooting events. Later that year, Charles went to the Spencer estate of Althorp, where he met Diana, Sarah's younger sister.
Diana was just sixteen years old and Sarah told the tabloids that she wasn't feeling it with the prince. However, Diana had caught Prince Charles' eye.
King Charles Has A Frog Named After Him
A new species of Ecuadorian tree frog was discovered in 2012. It was announced as the Hyloscitus princecharlesi, or the Prince Charles stream treefrog.
It was named after Charles to recognize his rainforest conservation work, in which he has long been outspoken about the dangers of climate change. In 2007, Charles set up the Prince's Rainforest Project as a charity and awareness campaign.
He Wrote A Children's Book
In 1980, Charles wrote a children's book titled The Old Man of Lochnagar. The book is based on stories he would tell his younger brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
It centers around an old man who went to the caves near Balmoral looking for a quiet place to take a hot bath. The book was also later turned into an animated short film, which was narrated by the King.
King Charles Won't Be Coronated Right Away
As soon as Queen Elizabeth II died, Charles became King and his coronation was already planned before her death. His coronation is known as 'Operation Golden Orb" but it won't happen right away.
First, the UK will enter a period of mourning before beginning to prepare for the extravagant religious ceremony. Elizabeth II's coronation didn't take place until over one year after she became queen.
King Charles And The Queen Were Distant During His Childhood Years
Things are very different for the royal family, especially for Charles, because the one he is meant to love is also the one standing in the way of him finally taking the throne.
He couldn't become King until Queen Elizabeth either died or stepped down from the throne. Charles loves his mother dearly but there was always some resentment there because the queen wasn't around much when he was little.
His Relationship With Prince Philip, His Father, Was Even Worse
Prince Charles eventually built a bond with his mother but his relationship with his father, Prince Philip, wasn't as good. Philip was just as absent during Charles' early years and their strained relationship continued well into adulthood.
Philip called his son "too sensitive" and made comments about him being "physically uncoordinated." Prince Philip reportedly didn't think those were qualities that would make a great king.
Being At Boarding School Was Tough For Charles Due To Years Of Bullying
Prince Charles didn't always meet the expectations of his parents, but he hoped that going to boarding school would help him become better. It certainly toughened him up, but not for the right reasons.
Charles lived at the boarding school for a while, and the other students were very cruel to him. Being part of the Royal Family made him an easy target, but Charles was able to get through it and graduate.
Charles Struggled To Impress Philip, But They Eventually Learned To Bond
It was Charles' father who wanted to send him to boarding school, and after boarding school, he was expected to step up and follow in the footsteps of others. This meant that Charles was expected to sign on as a part of the Royal Navy, which he did.
Sadly, that didn't seem to impress his father enough. However, as time went on, the two did become closer and were in a good place when Philip died.
His Siblings Also Used To Pick On Him
Charles wasn't just teased at boarding school; he was also picked on by his siblings. Charles was actually sixteen years old when his youngest sibling was born, but his age wasn't enough to protect Charles from being teased.
The main reason he was teased was that he was treated differently, being that he was the next heir to the throne. Most of his siblings made it known to him that they didn't think he would be good enough to replace the queen one day.
Losing The Queen's Mother Had A Massive Effect On Prince Charles
Charles and the Queen's Mother were extremely close, as she encouraged his love of nature and art. He stated that when he was just two years old, he would sit on her bed and play with her lipstick tubes, awed by the colors.
She was also one of the only people in Charles' life that cut him some slack. Charles lost his grandmother in 2002 at the age of one hundred and one.
Charles & Diana's Wedding
Charles proposed to Lady Diana in 1981 in the nursery at Windsor Castle, and she said yes. The two were married on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Diana's wedding dress was made of ivory silk taffeta and was decorated with more than ten thousand pearls, sequins, and lace.
The royal wedding was watched by more than seven hundred and fifty million people around the world, and the total cost of the wedding was about forty-eight million dollars.
He Didn't Dedicate Much Time To His Family During His Marriage To Diana
According to Diana and others, Charles didn't spend a lot of time with his family during his marriage to Diana. He especially didn't spend much quality time with Harry throughout his childhood.
Charles has always put his job as a member of the royal family ahead of his wife and children. After Diana's death, Charles became a single father, and his relationship with his boys did gradually improve.
Charles And Diana's Marriage Wasn't A Fairytale
Many thought that Charles and Diana's marriage was something out of a fairytale. However, it was far from a fairytale romance. Charles was very distant from Diana, William, and Harry and had always been in love with another woman.
Diana gave an interview and stated that she was extremely lonely in her marriage and that she knew her husband's heart was with another woman. It has been said that Charles married Diana because he was pressured to.
He Supports Hundreds Of Good Causes
Charles has supported many good causes and charities throughout the years. He is or has been a patron or president of more than four hundred organizations. He supports horticulture, hospices, rugby clubs, orchestras, and so many more.
At one point, Charles was the president of fourteen charitable organizations. He has now focused his philanthropic work on four organizations, including The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation.
He Fell For Camilla Before He Met Diana
It was well known that Charles had already fallen in love with Camilla before he had even met Diana. Charles met Camilla when he was twenty-three and one of his friends introduced him to her.
They became instant friends, and Charles fell for her, but she was in love with Andrew Parker Bowles at the time. Charles then left for an eight-month Navy duty, and by the time he came back, Camilla was engaged to Bowles.
He Has Open-Minded Views On Religion
Ever since 1530, English and British monarchs have been deemed "Defender of the Faith" during their coronations, a promise to uphold the Church of England. Queen Elizabeth II was a devout Anglican, but Charles hinted that he might veer away from a single-religion view.
He said he would stick to the traditional wording when he's crowned, but that won't stop him from promoting inter-faith dialogue. He said, "The future surely lies in rediscovering the universal truths that dwell at the heart of these religions."
He Had To Give His Son's Devastating News
Charles received a devastating phone call on August 31, 1997, stating that his ex-wife Diana had died in a car crash. They had been divorced for about a year, and Charles was now left with the task of planning her funeral, but first, he had to inform his two young boys about what had just happened.
He woke both Prince William and Prince Harry up and told them that their mother had died. They were fifteen and twelve years old and were both extremely close to their mother.
His Image Plummeted
Prince Charles was now single, and Camilla was the elephant in the room. Her marriage had already exploded in the wake of the Camillagate revelations. This meant that she was now single as well.
However, because of the scandal, both she and Charles' public image were at an all-time low. The royal family was nervous because they just didn't know what Charles' next move would be.
Charles Married Camilla In 2005
In 2005, Charles finally married the love of his life, Camilla Bowles. It took him nearly a decade to bring Camilla into the public eye as his companion. They were married at St. Windsor Guildhall in a modest civil ceremony.
It was nothing like his 'fairytale' wedding to Diana. Charles and Camilla were both previously divorced, so they chose to have a civil marriage ceremony followed by a blessing at Windsor Castle instead of a church service. They remain happily married today.
He Once Had A Very Embarrassing Nickname
Back in the day, Prince Charles was actually considered quite the heartthrob. There were many photographs of him on the polo field, running on the beach, at social events, and windsurfing. The photos created an almost James Bond-like image for the heir apparent.
The press called him 'Action Man' because of how he looked in those photographs. There were many women around the world that dreamt of becoming Princess of Wales alongside Prince Charles.
He Hates Doing Television Interviews
The royal family deal with the media and paparazzi on a daily basis and Charles stated that he hates doing television interviews. The prince comes off as warm and genuine in person, but he often freezes up while being interviewed.
He has never gotten over feeling uncomfortable while on camera. The media said that Charles really is the most charming person and so kind, but he just doesn't come off that way on camera.
He Was One Of The Earliest Adopters Of Sustainability
Charles has always been a champion of sustainable farming and other environmental initiatives, even before it was popular to do so. He was very outspoken about how people need to take better care of the planet. He stated, "We have over-exploited our natural resources to a degree you would not believe possible. That's why I have gone on about these things.
I have been particularly fascinated, for example, by the work of a remarkable man called Allan Savory in Zimbabwe and other semi-arid areas, who has argued for years against the prevailing expert view that is the simple numbers of cattle that drive overgrazing and cause fertile land to become desert. On the contrary, as he has since shown so graphically, the land needs the presence of feeding animals and their droppings for the cycle to be complete so that soils and grassland areas stay productive. Such that, if you take grazers off the land and lock them away in vast feedlots, the land dies."
He Was The First Royal Heir In The British Royal Family To Earn A Bachelor's Degree
In 1966, Charles spent two terms as an exchange student at Timbertop in Melbourne. In 1967, Charles attended Cambridge University's Trinity College where he studied archaeology and anthropology.
For the second part of his degree, he changed to history. Charles became the first British royal to earn a university degree in 1970, earning a 2.2 degree, lower second-class honors.
Charles Became Heir Apparent At The Age Of Three
Charles was born in 1948, and he became heir apparent at the young age of just three. He became heir apparent when the queen acceded to the throne on the death of her father, George VI.
Elizabeth was twenty-seven years old when she was crowned, and Charles was seventy-three when he became King of England. Charles had to wait seventy years to finally become King.
He Began His Career In The Royal Navy In 1971
Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1971 and qualified as a helicopter pilot. However, he gave up flying after he crashed a Queen's Flight passenger jet in the Hebrides in 1994.
He wore the uniform from 1971 until 1976 and served on the frigate HMS Jupiter as part of its Pacific voyage. Charles took the condensed course of training in just six weeks instead of the normal three months.
Charles Has A Love For Magic And Was Inducted Into The Magic Circle
Charles loved magic and expressed his delight with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book franchise. He would do all of the voices while he would sit down with his grandchildren.
He was inducted into The Magic Circle in 1975 after performing a cup and balls trick. The Magic Circle is a society of stage magicians founded in London in 1905. The cups and balls that Charles used are actually on display at the Magic Circle Museum in London.
He Founded The Prince's Trust In 1976
Charles founded The Prince's Trust in 1976, and it helps eleven to thirty-year-olds gain education and career opportunities. He actually used his Navy severance pay to fund twenty-one community initiatives.
Most of the people that are helped by The Prince's Trust are in or leaving care, have been in trouble with the law, or are facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems. Each year, they work with about sixty thousand people.
Diana Gave Birth To William In 1982
Charles and Diana's first child, son William, was born on June 21, 1982. Prince William was born as the future King of England after Charles himself. After Williams' birth, Diana began suffering from intense post-partum depression, and their marriage was slowly spiraling downward.
William grew up in Kensington Palace in London and was on the school's swimming and football teams. He became Duke of Cambridge in 2011 and married Kate Middleton. The couple now has three children.
Prince Harry Was Born In 1984
Charles and Diana's second child, son Harry, was born on September 15, 1984. His life basically followed the pattern of his brother's, and like his brother, he also joined the military.
He became a pilot and served in Afghanistan but left active military service in 2015. He was then made the Duke of Sussex, married Meghan Markle, and now has two children. The couple stepped down as members of the royal family in 2020 and moved to California.
Charles And Diana's Marriage Was Dissolved In 1996
Charles and Diana were separated for four years before they finally divorced in 1996. They announced their separation in 1992 but continued to carry out their royal duties. Queen Elizabeth II actually urged the couple to divorce, and two months later, the two reached a final agreement.
Diana received a generous settlement, was able to keep her apartments at Kensington Palace, and kept her title of Princess of Wales. However, she agreed to relinquish the title of Her Royal Highness and any future claims to the British throne.
He Is An Environmental Advocate And He Talks To Plants
One of Charles' favorite causes is environmental advocacy, and he's been a proponent of taking action on climate change for years. He started a company, Duchy Originals, which sells sustainably made food and products.
In addition, he changed his vintage Aston Martin car so it could run on bioethanol fuel made from surplus English wine. He has a green thumb and has even admitted that he talks to the plants on his farm.
He's An Accomplished Painter
Something that most people don't know is that Charles is an accomplished painter. He is actually one of the best-selling living painters in the United Kingdom. He paints watercolor landscapes and has made more than three million dollars off of selling his paintings.
He donates the proceeds to the Prince of Wales' charitable foundation. His paintings have earned anywhere from thirty-six hundred to more than twenty-one thousand dollars.
He Hasn't Been Silent On Political Issues
Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth, rarely spoke on political issues, but Charles has been much more vocal about politics. He famously gave a speech on Islam and the West in 1993.
He stated, "There is nothing to be gained, and much hard to be done, by refusing to comprehend the extent to which many people in the Islamic world genuinely fear our own Western materialism and mass culture as a deadly challenge to their Islamic culture and way of life." In addition, Charles has communicated with many British government leaders.
He Built A Town
Charles actually built a town called Poundbury, which is located in Dorchester, England. The town was built on land that he owned through the Duchy of Cornwall. Charles has been interested in urban planning and development for a long time.
He wanted the town to be a fusion of traditional architecture and contemporary urban planning. The city was expected to house a population of six thousand and provides employment for more than two thousand people, with more than one hundred and eighty businesses.
He Refuses To Fly Commercial
Queen Elizabeth has always flown with British Airways but prefers to take the Royal train when she can. Harry and Meghan have flown coach, and William and Kate have flown economy on British Airways.
However, Prince Charles prefers flying private whenever possible because he's not even a fan of first-class travel. In 2017, Charles took a trip to Romania, Italy, and Austria, and it cost the British taxpayers about one hundred and fifty-four thousand Euros.
Charles Has Controversially Championed Alternative Medicine
Charles has caused controversy because he has championed alternative medicine. He first started showing interest in alternative medicine publicly in 1982 in an address to the British Medical Association.
In addition, the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health attracted opposition from the scientific and medical community due to its campaign encouraging general practitioners to offer herbal and other alternative treatments to National Health Service patients.
When Younger, He Was Linked To A Number Of Women
When in his younger years, Charles was linked to several women. Some of his girlfriends were Georgiana Russell, the daughter of Sir John Russell; Lady Jane Wellesley, the daughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington; Lady Sarah Spencer, Davina Sheffield, and Camilla Shand.
Charles' great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, told him that he should have as many affairs as he could before settling down. He then should choose a wife that is suitable, attractive, and has a sweet character.
Charles Was An Avid Player Of Competitive Polo
Charles has been an avid polo player, playing competitive polo from his youth until 1992. He still plays today for fun and charity. He was injured a few times and even underwent two operations in 1990 to fix fractures in his right arm.
In addition, he took part in fox hunting until it was banned in the U.K. and has been a keen salmon angler since his youth. Charles is also a supporter of Burnley Football Club.
He Is A Workaholic
Most think that being in the royal family means lots of tea time, public events, and strolls. However, Charles works seven days a week, starting after breakfast and often going until past midnight.
Prince Harry said of his father, "He does need to slow down. This is a man who has dinner ridiculously late at night, and then goes to his desk later that night and will fall asleep on his notes to the point where he'll wake up with a piece of paper stuck to his face."
He Has Performed In Shakespeare Plays
Charles is a supporter of the arts and especially loves classic Shakespeare works. He even made an appearance in a skit for BBC's Shakespeare Live in 2016.
In a speech in 1991, he referred to the Bard as "the world's greatest playwright, perhaps the world's greatest poet." When he was a teenager, he played Exeter in his school's play of "Henry V" and later played the lead part in "Macbeth."
Prince Charles Was Shot At
In 1994, when Prince Charles was forty-eight years old, he was shot while on stage at an awards ceremony in Sydney, Australia. Charles was on a Royal Tour of Australia, and he was targeted by David Kang, a Cambodian University student who was protesting the plight of Cambodian boat people and had written to Charles the prior month.
He argued that some of those people had been detained for four years. Kang fired two blank shots at Charles, who was pushed out of the way by a bodyguard as Kang launched himself onto the stage.
He Is A Doting Grandfather
Several members of the royal family have stated that Charles is a loving grandfather and has even let his grandkids nickname him Grandpa Wales. He has five grandchildren: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie, and Lilibet.
He is often seen goofing around with his grandchildren just like any normal grandpa, including making cookies with Prince William. When announcing he was a grandfather for the fifth time he said, "Such happy news really does remind one of the necessity of continued innovation in this area, especially around sustainable battery technology, in view of the legacy we bequeath to our grandchildren."
He Acceded To The Throne On September 8, 2022
On September 8, 2022, Prince Charles lost his mother and became King Charles. He is now head of the Commonwealth and head of state in fifteen of those nations, including Canada and Australia.
Many are wondering about the type of sovereign he will be after the Queen's quiet, widely popular reign. His coronation will not be for a while, and currently, England is in a period of mourning for their beloved Queen.