Another bank holiday weekend approaches but a very special one – the Coronation of our new Sovereign; King Charles III. Our new King is the 62nd British Monarch spread over a period of approximately 1200 years.
To recognise his succession to the throne, here are 14 facts and 1 fib about King Charles:
- His full names are Charles Philip Arthur George and he was born at Buckingham Palace on 14th November 1948 at 9.14pm, weighing 7lbs 6oz.
- He became heir apparent at the age of three years old in 1952.
- Now aged 74, he is the longest serving heir apparent in British History.
- He was the first heir to the throne to earn a university degree. He studied archaeology and anthropology in his first year at the University of Cambridge, switching to history for the remainder of his degree.
- He served in both the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
- He started the charity The Prince’s Trust with his Navy severance pay of just over £7000 in 1976. The charity has now supported over one million young people.
- He was given the title, ‘Keeper of the Cows’, by the Masai in Tanzania in 2011 to recognise his work as a farmer.
- He also had a frog named after him: Hyloscirtus Princecherlesi or Prince Charles Magnificent Tree Frog.
- At the age of 16 years, he undertook his first official Royal duty in June 1965, attending a student garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
- He is an author. He wrote The Old Man of Lochnagar, based on stories he told his younger brothers growing up. He’s also written books on the natural world and the environment including ‘Harmony’; and ‘Climate Change, a Ladybird Expert Book’.
- He was hit in the forehead by a golfclub which left him with a lightning bolt-shaped scar – like Harry Potters!
- He is a keen painter and had a watercolour displayed in the Royal Academy’s 1987 summer exhibition, after it was submitted anonymously.
- He has appeared in TV ‘soaps’ with a cameo appearance on Coronation Street in 2000, and on EastEnders in 2022 in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
- Another TV appearance was when he presented the weather forecast on the BBC. This took place during a visit to BBC Scotland’s studios in 2012.
- The King often carries out tree planting ceremonies during engagements. After planting each tree, His Majesty gives a branch a friendly shake to wish them well.
One of the above is not true, which one do you think it is?