King Charles III is King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
As Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay from 1952 to his accession, he was the oldest and the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, and the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held the title from 26 July 1958 until his accession.
Who is King Charles III?
King Charles III is King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. At 73, Charles is also the oldest person ever to assume the British throne. The record was previously held by William IV at age 64.
Full name: Charles Philip Arthur George
Date of birth: 14 November 1948
Place of birth: Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom
Education: Geelong Grammar School, Trinity College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge
Wife: Camilla, Queen consort of the United Kingdom (m. 2005), Diana, Princess of Wales (m. 1981–1996)
Children: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Grandchildren: Prince George of Cambridge, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge
Siblings: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
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King Charles III first met Lady Diana Spencer in 1977 while he was visiting her home, Althorp. He was the companion of her elder sister, Sarah, and did not consider Diana romantically until mid-1980. While Charles and Diana were sitting together on a bale of hay at a friend’s barbecue in July, she mentioned that he had looked forlorn and in need of care at the funeral of his granduncle Lord Mountbatten.
Soon, according to Charles’s chosen biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, “without any apparent surge in feeling, he began to think seriously of her as a potential bride”, and she accompanied Charles on visits to Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House.
King Charles III’s cousin Norton Knatchbull and his wife told Charles that Diana appeared awestruck by his position and that he did not seem to be in love with her.
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Meanwhile, the couple’s continuing courtship attracted intense attention from the press and paparazzi. When Prince Philip told him that the media speculation would injure Diana’s reputation if Charles did not come to a decision about marrying her soon, and realising that she was a suitable royal bride (according to Mountbatten’s criteria), Charles construed his father’s advice as a warning to proceed without further delay.
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