The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II has assumed the crown after her death
The former Prince Charles is now the King of the United Kingdom following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland on Thursday.
The long serving heir apparent takes over the monarchy at the age of 73, assuming ownership of her title and role as head of the Commonwealth as well as her land and property. His longtime companion Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, becomes queen consort.
The eldest of the queen’s four children with her late husband Prince Philip, Charles’ full name is Charles Philip Arthur George, and he has not yet chosen which name he will use as his official title. Next in line for succession is Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Charles’ elder son with the late Princess Diana.
As a member of the royal family, Charles is strongly discouraged from meddling in UK politics, and has exercised his influence via philanthropy instead, founding, sponsoring, or donating to hundreds of charities and NGOs. Among his pet causes are environmental “sustainability” and preservation of classic architectural styles.
Queen Elizabeth died at her Scottish residence Balmoral Castle as the longest-serving monarch in British history with 70 years on the throne. She had been placed under “medical supervision” shortly before her death.
Her last official act was to officially appoint Liz Truss as prime minister of the UK.
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