King Charles III


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King Charles III became king on September 8, 2022, after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II passed away. The coronation date has yet to be chosen, but that is when he will officially be crowned king and take over the responsibilities his mother once held.

Charles is the oldest person to ever assume the British throne. Born in 1948 to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the new king takes the crown at the age of 73.

King Charles III has not only gone to college, but he has also served in the military. From 1971 to 1976, Charles served in the Royal Navy, as well as in the Royal Air Force.

In July of 1981, (then Prince, now King) Charles married Diana Frances Spencer, who although related to the royal line, was not a princess prior to her marriage. They had two children together, the eldest being William and also Harry.

In 1995, the couple got divorced. “Buckingham Palace said the Queen called for an end to the marriage in a letter to each of them,” British Broadcasting said in 1995. Diana died 2 years later, in 1997, in a car accident.

8 years later, Charles remarried to Camilla. Camilla is the Queen of the United Kingdom, but is not officially named as such, instead being crowned as the “Queen Consort”.

Charles becoming King will not affect much because England is a constitutional monarchy. This means that even though he is the king he does not have the power to make or pass laws.

The coronation will not happen until the mourning of the queen has passed. When King Charles III’s coronation day finally arrives, he will take the coronation oath, as well as participate in other coronation ceremonies.