Charles reigns as “King Charles III”

Britain’s former Prince Charles will officially reign under the title of His Majesty King Charles III now that he is monarch, Clarence House has confirmed, according to the BBC.

There was some doubt as to whether the king would take his own name or follow royal tradition and choose someone else like George.

British national broadcaster announced that Clarence House, Charles’ official residence as Prince of Wales, had confirmed: “The new king will be officially known as King Charles III.”

Charles reigns as King Charles III
King Charles III (as the Prince of Wales) photographed during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on 3 June 2022. Charles will be known as King Charles III. rule, as has been confirmed.
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The King’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday with an official announcement emerging from Buckingham Palace at 6.30pm UK time which read:

“The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon.

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

Paying tribute to his mother, Charles issued a statement saying: “The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of utmost sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a beloved mother. I know their loss will be deeply felt across the land, in the rich and in the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this time of sorrow and change, my family and I are comforted and strengthened by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that was so widespread for the Queen.”

The last monarch to rule under the name of Charles was King Charles II, who became the first sovereign to rule after the restoration of the British monarchy in 1660. He died in 1685.

There has been some speculation that Charles might follow the example of his grandfather King George VI and great-great-grandfather King Edward VII in changing his ruling name. George and Edward had both been born Prince Albert, but when they came to the throne they adopted more English-sounding titles.

This is an evolving story. Charles reigns as “King Charles III”

Rick Schindler

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