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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:

  1. 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.
  2. He became heir apparent at the age of three years old in 1952.
  3. Now aged 74, he is the longest serving heir apparent in British History.
  4. 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.
  5. He served in both the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
  6. 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.
  7. He was given the title, ‘Keeper of the Cows’, by the Masai in Tanzania in 2011 to recognise his work as a farmer.
  8. He also had a frog named after him: Hyloscirtus Princecherlesi or Prince Charles Magnificent Tree Frog.
  9. 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.
  10. 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’.
  11. He was hit in the forehead by a golfclub which left him with a lightning bolt-shaped scar – like Harry Potters!
  12. He is a keen painter and had a watercolour displayed in the Royal Academy’s 1987 summer exhibition, after it was submitted anonymously.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?