King Charles III: Things to know about Britain's new monarch

King Charles III: Things to know about Britain's new monarch


1. Prince Charles Philip Arthur George was born on November 14, 1948, in Buckingham Palace. When his mother acceded to the throne in 1952, the 3-year-old prince became the Duke of Cornwall. He became Prince of Wales at 20.

 2. Charles was the first heir not educated at home, the first to earn a university degree and the first to grow up in the ever-intensifying glare of the media as deference to royalty faded.

 3. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree; Cambridge would later award him a Master of Arts degree

4. In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer, who became Princess of Wales. The couple had two sons - the princes William and Harry, who are now the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, and Sussex, respectively.

 5. King Charles III was just 9 years old when he was officially given the title of Prince of Wales.

 6. In 1976, Charles founded The Prince’s Trust, which helps 11-30 year-olds gain education and career opportunities. He had used his  Navy severance pay — £7,400 — to fund 21 community initiatives nationwide, which became the charity’s pilot projects.

 7. In 1971, Charles embarked on a career in the Royal Navy. He qualified as a helicopter pilot,