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The crown is now on his head: Charles III takes centre stage

Throughout his whole life, Prince Charles has been prepared to succeed his father as king. This time, at the age of 73, that moment has at long last come. After the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday, Charles became King Charles III, making him the oldest person to ever come to the throne of the United Kingdom. The date of his coronation has not been determined at this time.

Charles is the embodiment of the modernization of the British monarchy after completing an apprenticeship that started when he was a youngster. He was the first heir to not be educated at home, the first to acquire a university degree, and the first to mature in the ever-increasing light of the media as reverence to royalty declined. He was also the first heir to earn a university degree. “He now finds himself in, if you will, the autumn of his life, having to “He doesn’t even come close to having his mother’s level of popularity. ” Charles has to find out how to produce the “popular support, a feeling of fondness” that characterised Elizabeth’s connection with the British people, according to Owens.

His full name is Charles Philip Arthur George. In 1952, when his mother took the throne, the young prince, who was then only 3 years old, was given the title of Duke of Cornwall. At the age of 20, he was crowned Prince of Wales. His scholastic years were a struggle due to the bullying he endured at Gordonstoun, a Scottish boarding school that takes pleasure in developing character via rigorous outdoor activities and also educated his father, Philip. The future King of England spent his formative years at Gordonstoun.

Charles, who majored in history at Cambridge University’s Trinity College, became the first member of the British royal family to acquire a degree from an academic institution in 1970. After that, he entered the military and served for seven years, first as a pilot in the Royal Air Force and later as a member of the Royal Navy, where he was trained to operate helicopters. In 1976, he retired from the service after holding the position of captain of the minesweeper HMS Bronington.

Charles was an uncomfortable child who grew up with a controlling father. Today, he is a reserved adult who is self-assured in the conviction of his own judgments, despite his occasional awkwardness. Charles, in contrast to his mother, who would not openly voice her opinions in public, has given talks and published articles on topics that are very important to him, such as climate change, green energy, and alternative medicine. Some people consider the monarchy as a symbol of national unity, while others see it as an outdated relic of feudal past. His ascension to the throne is expected to spark a discussion over the future of the monarchy in Britain, which is mostly ceremonial. Charles, who will become the head of state for the United Kingdom as well as 14 other nations, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, has said that he wishes to decrease the number of working royals, save spending, and better reflect contemporary Britain in his new role. But for a man whose office has previously called the monarchy as “the focal point for national pride, solidarity, and commitment,” tradition is also an important consideration.

Before “the people’s princess” passed away in a car accident in Paris in 1997, it took many people many years to forgive Prince Charles for his admitted infidelity to Princess Diana. Despite the fact that Camilla, Prince Charles’s wife, had a big part in the dissolution of Charles and Diana’s marriage, she ultimately won over many Britons because to her self-deprecating approach and down-to-earth sense of humour.

During the last years of the queen’s reign, Charles served as a stand-in for her more often. In 2018, he was given the title of chosen successor to the queen’s position as head of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is an organisation consisting of 54 countries that have historical ties to the British Empire. Following the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, on April 9, 2021, the procedure moved forward at a faster pace. As the queen’s health deteriorated, he would sometimes jump in at the eleventh hour to help. In a documentary released in 2018, Camilla said that Prince Charles is “okay” with the possibility of becoming king.

David Faber
David Faber
I am a Business Journalist of The National Era
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