Finally ‘uncomfortable’ Charles is king after 73 years

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Prince Charles has spent his life preparing for the crown. Today, at 73 years old, he is finally king. Never before has the British throne ascended to the throne at such an advanced age.

He faces the daunting task of becoming a much-loved national icon, because so far he is not as popular and unchallenged as his mother. In the UK, he is said to be as gray as his clothes and hair.

Charles is Britain’s fortieth monarch for over 900 years and is crowned at Westminster Abbey; The first was William the Conqueror in 1066. The date of his coronation is still unknown. Because of the extensive preparation it requires, it will take months. His mother Elizabeth became queen in February 1952, but was not crowned until 16 months later.

Charles III

The new king will go down in history as Charles III. Choosing this name was his first decision as king. He can choose from his four birth names: Charles Philip Arthur George.

He was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948, when his mother was still a princess. Within two years his sister Anne was born. Much later, in 1960 and 1964, his younger brothers Andrew and Edward followed suit.

sensitive boy

Charles was raised as a shy and somewhat awkward boy with a dominant father. As the first British royal, he was not educated at home, but went to boarding school. At his father’s request, he attended Gordonstoun in Scotland, a simple training facility with many physical challenges which his father Philip himself attended.

In the Netflix series the crown It is widely reported that Charles struggled with boarding school life and that his father did not understand it. Perhaps that was not far from the truth. In an authorized biography of Charles published in 1994, Philip was accused of misunderstanding the sensitive nature of his son, who was constantly bullied at Gordonston. Charles is said to have named the boarding school “Colditz in Keeltz”, after the castle where British prisoners of war were imprisoned in Germany during World War II.

Charles was also the first British monarch to go to university, instead of receiving military training. This was entirely his choice. He studied history at Cambridge where he obtained a master’s degree in 1975. While studying, he also served in the Air Force and Navy.

sad love

In the early 1970s, he was already in a relationship with Camilla Shand, his future wife, which supposedly ended because they were not allowed to marry. Camilla was married to Andrew Parker Bowles, but remained friends with Charles.

Charles married Diana Spencer, twelve years his junior, in 1981. Perhaps this was an unhappy relationship from the start, because the inclined and mentally inhibited Charles always remained aloof against extroverts and in his superficial eyes Diana.

This became apparent when we announced their engagement in early 1981. In a televised interview, when Diana was asked if they were “in love,” she immediately answered “of course,” but Charles said “whatever the word ‘in love’ means.” Diana laughed. But she later said Charles’s comment cut her spirits.

However, the media initially spoke of a “fantasy wedding,” and the two performed what were considered the royal family’s most important duties: providing for future generations. The couple had two sons, William in 1982 and Harry in 1984.


However, it soon became clear that things were not going well between Charles and Diana. In 1986, Diana began an extramarital affair and Charles resumed his relationship with Camilla, whom he was in love with. It was not known at the time, but it was clear that they were not happy together and the press was well aware of the icy cold between the marriage partners.

Charles may also have struggled with the enormous popularity of his wife, which he could not contend with. According to his biographer Sally Biddle Smith, throughout his life he struggled with being in the shadow of other members of his family.


In 1992, Charles and Diana decided to separate. Four years later, an official divorce ensued, and a year later Diana died when she and her lover’s car, chased by paparazzi, crashed into a tunnel in Paris. Her death sparked an unprecedented wave of affection from the British and made the ruthless Charles more unpopular than ever.

Gradually, public opinion subsided over him, especially after his marriage to Camilla in 2005. She taught Charles to be more friendly, for example, to smile when appearing in the audience. It was also assumed that it was easier for him to relax, because he was happy with Camilla by his side.

express opinions

Unlike his mother, Charles always displayed strong opinions, often a mixture of progressive and conservative views. He wrote numerous articles and gave speeches on topics close to his heart, such as architecture, climate change and alternative medicine.

In the face of criticism against him, Charles said that his views were not meant to be political opinions, and that he did not want to get involved in anything, but merely stir up a debate.

But as a constitutional monarch, he will have to exercise restraint: the British monarchy is purely ceremonial and the monarch is supposed to be completely impartial. In 2018, Charles said in an interview that he also understood that as King he would be less able to speak publicly as the ‘Prince of Wales’.

It’s finally time to play a new role. One of the big questions is how the 73-year-old Charles III will succeed.

See a picture of Charles here:

Prince Charles, a life waiting for the throne

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