Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest son of Elizabeth II. He has been Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, and he is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
He is also the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held that title since 1958. Charles was born at Buckingham Palace as the first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. He was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. Charles also spent a year at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia.
King Charles III has returned to Buckingham Palace as Britain's new monarch. Following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Charles, her oldest son, and his wife, Camilla, the new Queen Consort, were seen outside the palace on Friday.
The sighting marked their first public appearance since Elizabeth's passing and the first since assuming their new roles. The couple, who have been married since 2005, were dressed in black as they mourned the late sovereign, observed the piles of bouquets lining the gates to the palace and spoke with members of the public that had gathered outside to pay respect.
The 73-year-old new king addressed the loss of the 96-year-old queen in a statement issued on Thursday. «The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,» he said. «We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.Read more on etonline.com