A new monarch. King Charles III He acceded to the British throne in September 2022 after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace announced. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
Although Charles has not yet been officially crowned, he is now the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom and his community. His wife, Duchess Camilla, is the queen consort. (The queen confirmed in February 2022 that Charles’s second wife would get the title when he took over.)
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and for all members of my family,” he shared in a statement just hours after his mother’s passing. “We deeply regret the death of a dear Sovereign and a very dear Mother. I know the loss of her will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
He continued: “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by your knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely regarded.”
Charles, the eldest of the queen and of the late Prince Philip’s four children, has spent his entire life preparing to one day succeed to the throne in the midst of Queen Elizabeth’s historic 70-year reign. Others questioned whether Charles would bypass the throne altogether, handing over the reins to his eldest son, prince william.
Charles, who is also the father of prince harrycouldn’t help but dig into the talk during the Prince’s Trust Awards Trophy Ceremony at St. James’s Palace in 2021 as she recalled the time she went to the TK Maxx discount store.
“I remember there was a huge number of people trying to get in, while they were waiting for me to come out. Story of my life… ”, she joked at the time.
Amid the gossip, it’s clear that Charles has spent his entire life seriously thinking about his plans as king.
“I’ve had this extraordinary feeling, for years and years, for as long as I can remember, of wanting to heal and make things better,” she revealed in 2013. Weather cover story. “I feel more than anything that it is my duty to care about everyone and their lives in this country, to try to find a way to make things better if I can.”
Keep scrolling to read everything Charles has said about becoming king over the years: