1. King Charles Philip Arthur George was born on November 14, 1948, in Buckingham Palace, London, England.
2. He is the oldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
3. Charles was baptised in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher.
4. He was educated at Hill House School in West London, Gordonstoun School in Scotland, and Trinity College, Cambridge.
5. Charles is known for his interest in environmental issues and sustainable agriculture. He established the Duchy of Cornwall in 1337, which is a private estate that supports the charitable and public works of the Prince of Wales.
6. Charles is a patron of over 400 charities and organizations, including the Prince's Trust, which helps young people start their own businesses.
7. Charles is an avid painter and watercolorist and has exhibited his work in galleries around the world.
8. He is also a talented musician and has recorded several albums of Welsh and Celtic music.
9. Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, but the couple divorced in 1996. He later married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
10. His Jaguars, Audi and Range Rovers have all been converted to run on 100 percent biodiesel made from used cooking oil.
Charles is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is the first person in more than 300 years to be born in England to become King or Queen since his ancestor was born in 1707. He also inherited his mother's love of horses and has occasionally been seen riding a horse on royal hunts and occasions.
The Queen's toddler was celebrated for his Scottish heritage and English upbringing. At age 4, Charles was famously shown seated between the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at Elizabeth’s coronation ceremony, continuing to spend his life in the public eye as he grew up.
As the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles received an education unlike others in his position. He attended several schools, including a private boarding school in Scotland and two terms as an exchange student in Melbourne.
King Charles III, the 40th British monarch to serve over the past 1,200 years, ascended to the throne on September 8, 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. At age 73, British history’s longest-serving heir-apparent was officially proclaimed king two days later at a ceremony at St. James’s Palace near Buckingham Palace, making him the oldest person to assume the title.
Charles will become the 40th monarch crowned at Westminster Abbey in 900 years of ceremonies at the cathedral. The coronation date has yet to be announced, but will likely occur in 2023. As king, Charles is head of the Commonwealth, which includes 54 countries, including 14, plus the United Kingdom.
Prince Charles has five grandchildren: Prince George (next in line to the crown after William), Princess Charlotte and Prince Louie, all born to Prince William and Kate Middleton; and Archie and Lilibet, children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.