Prince Charles became King Charles III on Thursday after Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96. Charles III became the oldest monarch to ascend the throne of Great Britain, after more than 70 years his mother was the longest-serving monarch.
Thousands of articles have been written all over the world in recent days about Charles, his life, his royal past and his family or his habits. But what are the lesser known things about Britain’s new monarch?
publication Time We collected a collection of 70 such series in time for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday on November 14, 2018. Here are some of the most interesting:
- He was baptized on 15 December by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher.
- He became heir apparent on the death of his grandfather, George VI; Elizabeth succeeded him on the throne on February 6, 1952.
- He is currently the longest reigning British monarch.
- The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh decided that Charles should go to school rather than a teacher, so the Prince entered Hill House School in West London in November 1956.
- The prince was 14 when he reportedly ordered his first alcoholic drink, cherry brandy, on a school trip.
- The Prince of Wales spent two terms in 1966 as an exchange student in Australia. On his return to Gordonstoun he was appointed headmaster of the school.
- In 1967, he passed his undergraduate exams, with a B in history and a C in French, and a distinction in a special optional history paper.
- There has been speculation that Charles may have had a famous crush on Barbra Streisand in his youth.
- He studied archeology and anthropology in his first year before switching to history
- While at university, he joined the Cambridge Footlights, a well-known comedy group with dozens of famous alumni.
- He is the first royal heir to hold a university degree.
- Charles briefly studied Welsh at Aberystwyth University.
- The Queen and Philip gave their son an Aston Martin sports car for his 21st birthday.
- He was invested as Prince of Wales by the Queen on 1 July 1969 in a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle, Wales.
- The Prince of Wales motto is “Ich dien”, meaning “I serve”.
- Charles III’s full title before becoming King was: His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord and Prince of the Isles. and High Steward of Scotland.
- In 1971, he began a career in the Navy, after which he served on the guided-missile destroyer HMS Norfolk and two frigates.
- Prince qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining the 845th Naval Air Station.
- In 1975, Charles became a member of the Magic Circle, an association for magicians, after passing the exam with the “Cups and Marbles” trick.
- He is the patron or president of about 400 organizations.
- In 1980, Prince Charles wrote a children’s book called The Old Man of Lochnagar.
- He has also written books on the natural world and environment, including reconciliation and climate change.
- Charles once revealed to actress Julie Walters that he was a fan of the Harry Potter films.
- 750 million people around the world watched his wedding to Diana Spencer, in 1981, he married Diana Spencer. He and Diana had only been dating for six months. At 1.70m tall, he and Princess Diana were exactly the same height. But there was a 12-year age difference between them.
- Prince Charles broke with royal tradition by encouraging Princess Diana to give birth to her sons at a hospital instead of Buckingham Palace and attending the births.
- About 170 ordinary goods and service providers hold royal warrants of appointment to the Prince of Wales.
- In 1989, Prince Charles and John Cleese co-wrote the environmental comedy Crimes Go Green.
- In 1990, he started his own food company, Duchy Originals (named after the Duchy of Cornwall). Its first product was biscuits made from organically grown wheat and oats at Home Farm in Hygro. He also has his own brand of whiskey called Barrogill.
- Charles and Diana were married for 11 years before separating in 1992. Prime Minister John Major announced their separation in the House of Commons. The marriage was dissolved on August 28, 1996
- When Diana died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997, the Prince flew to Paris with his two sisters to bring her body to London.
- Charles met his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, at a polo match in 1970, and they also fell in love. They got married on April 9. 2005 at a civil ceremony in Windsor.
- According to an unauthorized book, Charles once “screamed” and “shuddered” at an unknown piece of plastic covering his dinner, only for Camilla to tell him: “It’s a sticky film, dear.” The story, which the family never spoke about, made the front page of the newspapers.
- He derives his income from the hereditary estate of the Duchy of Cornwall, which has been granted to the Princes of Wales since 1337.
- According to reports, he currently owns 50,000 hectares of land.
- Charles is worth about 400 million dollars.
- Many of his vehicles have been converted to run on alcohol.
- They say they like red squirrels.
- Prince Charles was named the world’s best-dressed man by Esquire magazine in 2009. He topped Boris Johnson, Bill Nighy and even Barack Obama.
- He was the godfather of 32 people, including Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece.
- The prince was given the title of “Cow Guard” in Tanzania in 2011.
- He has a frog named after him: Hylocertus princelesi, or Prince Charles the Magnificent Tree Frog.
- Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same plane and both die in the crash.
- Prince does not eat lunch. But he prefers Darjeeling tea served with milk and honey.
- As the prince is an age pensioner, he gets his own bus pass and government pension.
- Prince Charles prefers “Grouzaka” – a version of the Greek dish moussaka, but with grouse instead of lamb.
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