Tuesday, September 26, 2023


In Pictures: King Charles III and Queen Camilla are Formally Crowned

Charles III was crowned king on Saturday, in an eighth-century ceremony that included concessions to the modern age, not on display since 1953 when his mother Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned.

“I come not to be served, but to serve,” Charles said in his first remarks of the ceremony, before the 74-year-old, was anointed with holy oil, symbolizing the sacred nature of his rule. He was vested with an imperial mantle, and the archbishop of Canterbury placed the ancient crown of St. Edward onto his head.

King Charles III during his coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London, on Saturday.

King Charles III sits as he receives The St Edward's Crown during the coronation ceremony.

Protesters hold up placards saying "Not My King" and "Abolish the Monarchy" in Trafalgar Square, close to Westminster Abbey in central London on May 6, 2023.

Queen Camilla is crowned during the coronation ceremony

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Kings Charles III is Now Monarch of the Bahamas. 10 Things to Know About Him

When Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, her eldest son Charles succeeded the throne and became King. He will be officially known as King Charles III, while his wife Camilla will be known as Queen Consort.

Here are 10 things to know about the newest king:

  1. King Charles II is 73 years old and was born at Buckingham Palace. At 3 years old, he was bestowed as heir to the throne and known as Prince of Wales when his mother Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne.
  2. Charles served in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force after graduation from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
  3. He married Princess Diana in 1981 who became known as the Princess of Wales. The couple had two sons: Prince William and Prince Harry. His controversial marriage to Diana became public and played out in the media, and he later revealed that he was never in love with Diana but was forced to marry. During the marriage, he had an affair with Camilla Bowles and the two later married after his relationship with Diana went awry.
  4. Charles has five grandchildren who stand in line to the throne.
  5. He embraces special projects of interest like farming, climate change, art and environmental conservation.
  6. He wrote the book, “The Old Man of Lochnagar” in 1980, which has since been adapted into an animated film, ballet and music.
  7. Prince Charles is known to express his personal opinions, veering into politics, unlike his mother who steered clear of expressing her political opinions.
  8. He believes in sustainable living. “I can’t bear waste, including food waste. I’d much rather find another use. Which is why I’ve been going on for so long about the need for a circular economy, rather than a linear one where you just make, take and throw away which is a tragedy because inevitably we over-exploit natural resources that are rapidly depleting.”
  9. He launched a sustainable fashion line in partnership with YOOX NET-A-PORTER to promote highend textile skills among young craftsmen. He said, “I have always believed in the ‘Buy once, buy well philosophy, so the  more I wear them, the more sustainable I hope I become.”
  10. Charles now reigns as head of state of the UK and 14 countries including the Bahamas, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. He is also head of the Commonwealth, which is an association of 56 independent countries.
    Photo credit: Nadav Kander

Queen Elizabeth II is Dead at 96. Charles is King

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle. Buckingham Palace said she “died peacefully.”

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

She was surrounded by family including Charles who is now king, since her death.

The 73-year-old has waited decades for the position. He is the oldest of four children born to the queen and her late husband, Prince Philip.

prince charles prince of wales 60th birthday portrait

He became Britain’s heir at the age of 3 when his mother took the throne at age 25.

On Friday at 10 a.m, Charles will be proclaimed officially’ king’ then he will meet with UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and other government officials.

Two days after this, he will tour the United Kingdom and hold services. He will be known as King Charles III.

King Charles issued a statement after his mother’s death, saying “it is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of the family.”