10 fun facts about King Charles III
From speaking Welsh to diving around historic shipwrecks, discover our top ten facts about this ruler…
Grab your history hats, gang – it’s time to find out about our monarch! Take a trip back through time and check out our top ten King Charles III facts…
10 facts about King Charles III
1. King Charles III was born at 9.14pm on 14 November 1948
2. He became King on 8 September 2022
After his mother the Queen (below, left) sadly passed away in Balmoral, Scotland. Aged 73, King Charles III is the oldest monarch ever crowned in British history, having been heir apparent (the next person to be crowned) since he was 3 years old.
3. From 1967 to 1970, he studied history at Cambridge University
Making him the first monarch in UK history with a university degree!
4. King Charles III can speak Welsh
After spending two months learning the language as he prepared to become the Prince of Wales in 1969. He still speaks it today, while visiting and addressing the country.
5. The King is a qualified pilot and diver
While serving in the military, King Charles III trained as a jet and helicopter pilot and became an accomplished diver. He’s even explored shipwrecks like The Mary Rose – King Henry VIII‘s flagship!
6. Plus, he’s a keen watercolour painter
As well as a published author and music lover, playing the cello in his university orchestra.
7. As Prince of Wales, he founded nearly 20 charities
Which together raise £140 million each year for good causes! He’s also passionate about the environment – as Prince, he spoke out about plastic pollution as early as 1970, drove an electric car and planted many trees during royal engagements.
8. He’s the reigning monarch in 14 countries
9. King Charles III is no stranger to an audience
Having featured in UK TV show Coronation Street, participated in stage magicians’ group the Magic Circle and presented the BBC weather forecast.
10. His son, Prince William, is next in line for the throne
The King has two children – Princes William and Harry – and five grandchildren. Prince William (below, right) is next in line to become King, and was named the Prince of Wales in 2022.