Despite taking the throne a lot later than anticipated, King Charles III spent his whole life getting ready for the day he would develop into king. That second got here on September 8, 2022, when his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, died. At age 73, Charles is the oldest individual to imagine the British throne and should now put a lifetime of studying and shadowing his mom to the take a look at.
Born Charles Philip Arthur George on November 14, 1948, in London, England, Charles was Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s first youngster. He grew to become inheritor obvious to the British throne and obtained the title of Duke of Cornwall at age 3, after his grandfather, King George VI, died and his mom grew to become queen. Charles attended the Hill House School in London earlier than heading off to boarding faculty at Cheam School in Headley, Hampshire, England the next yr. At age 9, he was made the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester and started taking up extra duties.
Charles studied archaeology, anthropology and historical past at Trinity College from 1967 to 1970. After receiving his diploma in 1970—the primary royal inheritor obvious to take action—Charles launched into a profession within the navy. After his service, he struck up a relationship, and later marriage, with Lady Diana Spencer. They had two kids collectively: Their first son, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, was born on June 21, 1982, and their second son, Prince Henry “Harry” Charles Albert David, was born on September 15, 1984.
Personal conflicts and infidelity drove a wedge within the relationship; the couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. Diana died in a automobile crash in Paris in August 1997. Years later, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, his former flame, on April 9, 2005.
Awaiting his flip on the throne, Charles continued to father his kids and grandchildren whereas tending to his royal duties and charitable efforts.