Charles III (Charles Philip Arthur George) is King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He was the heir apparent as well as Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay from 1952 to his accession in 2022 and was both the oldest and the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. He was the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held the title from 26 July 1958 until his accession on 8 September 2022, following the death of his mother, Elizabeth II.
Charles served in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy from 1971 to 1976. In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer, with whom he had two sons: Prince William and Prince Harry. In 1996, the couple divorced following well-publicised extramarital affairs by both parties. Diana died as the result of a car crash in Paris the following year. In 2005, Charles married his long-term partner Camilla Parker Bowles.
Invested as Prince of Wales in 1969, Charles undertook official duties on behalf of Elizabeth II. He founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976, sponsors The Prince’s Charities, and is a patron, president, or a member of over 400 other charities and organisations. He has advocated for the conservation of historic buildings and the importance of architecture in society.
A critic of modernist architecture, Charles worked on the creation of Poundbury, an experimental new town based on his architectural tastes. He is also an author or co-author of a number of books. An environmentalist, Charles supported organic farming and action to prevent climate change during his time as the manager of the Duchy of Cornwall estates, earning him awards and recognition from environmental groups.
He is also a prominent critic of the adoption of genetically modified food. Charles’s support for homeopathy and other alternative medicine has been the subject of criticism. Following allegations concerning the offering of British citizenship to donors, the conduct of one of his charities, the Prince’s Foundation, had attracted criticism.
King Chales III has an estimated net worth of $600 million.
Date of birth:
November 14, 1948
Source of wealth:
King of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms
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