SNAPSHOT: Charles Philip Arthur George, King Charles III of the United Kingdom and the Other Commonwealth Realms



Born Prince Charles of Edinburgh, 14 November 1948
Buckingham Palace, London
Became King on Elizabeth II’s death, 8 September 2022
Formally proclaimed King Charles III at St James’s Palace, 10 September 2022


As you may possibly have noticed from time to time, I have tended to make a habit of sticking
my head above the parapet and generally getting shot off for pointing
out what has always been blindingly obvious to me.
Speech, January 2014


If you become the sovereign, then you play the role in the way that it is expected. So, clearly,
I won’t be able to do the same things I’ve done as heir. So , of course, you
operate within the constitutional parameters.
At BBC, 2018, when he turned 70


I now solemnly pledge myself throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the
constitutional principles at the heart of our nation. And wherever you may live in
the United Kingdom, or in the realms and territories across the world,
and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall
endeavour to serve you with loyalty, respect and
love as I have throughout my life.
Friday evening, 9 September, televised speech from  Buckingham Palace,
his first as the new monarch


  • Became monarch, automatically, on his mother’s death
  • Sovereign  of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Became Head of State of the UK and in the other 14 Commonwealth realms  including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, and Head of the 56-member Commonwealth (Pop. 2.4 billion people)
  • Head of the British Armed Forces, the Judiciary, and the Civil Service
  • Supreme Governor of the Church of England
  • Fount of Honour (exclusive right to confer legitimate titles of nobility and Orders of Chivalry)
  • Multimillionaire at birth.
  • Queen Elizabeth’s personal fortune (art, jewels, investments and real estate including the Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House in England), valued at $500 million by Forbes, will mostly be inherited by the new King. Crown assets: estimated at $34.3 billion
  • Recipient of the Sovereign Grant to cover cost of his official duties ($99.2 million in 2021-2022)


Featured image/Charles III, then Prince Charles, 2019,/Palacio de Planalto, CC BY2.0 via Wikimedia commons, cropped
Quote mark/Oakus53, CC BY-SA4.0 via Wikimedia Commons