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

King Charles III | The young Prince sits in a toy car, clutching a white fluffy toy. His mother, Elizabeth, looks down at him happily. They are outside a large house.

1. King Charles III was born at 9.14pm on 14 November 1948

To parents Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace, London.

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.

King Charles III | Charles, wearing a dark suit and a white rose in his lapel, kisses the hand of his mother Queen Elizabeth, who is wearing a pal green jacket and black gloves. They are surrounded by greenery, at a flower show.

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.

King Charles III | In this black and white photograph, a young Charles stands behind two microphones and gives a speech. He is wearing a black suit and looking earnestly into the crowd.

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.

Charles sits with a sketchpad on his knee. He's outside, with trees behind him, and wearing a cream suit. He is sketching with a pencil.

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.

King Charles III facts | Charles plants a spindly tree into a green grass lawn. Three well-dressed people watch him. He is wearing a grey suit and using a large shovel to move soil around the plant.

8. He’s the reigning monarch in 14 countries

Including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Jamaica. As King, he’s also the only person in the UK who can travel without a passport and drive without a licence – cool!

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.

Charles stands in front of a large weather map, earnestly speaking to camera

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.

King Charles III | King Charles sits outside a ski hut. Prince William is sat to his right, and Prince Harry to his left. They are all smiling at the camera.

What do you think of our facts about King Charles III? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Image credits: Prince in car (c) Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS; Prince and Queen (c) Sang Tan/WPA Pool/Getty Images; Prince gives a speech (c) Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Prince sketching (c) Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images; Prince planting tree (c) Brian Morrison/Northern Ireland Office via Getty Images; Prince reads weather (c) Andrew Milligan – WPA Pool/Getty Images; Prince and sons (c) Anwar Hussein/Getty Images; featured image (c) Hugo Burnand-Pool/Getty Images; header image (c) Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse.

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