Prince Charles Becomes King At 73
Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth at the age of 96, Prince Charles is now King Charles.
The 73-year-old British heir apparent assumed the throne after the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the palace said Thursday. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The monarch presided for an astounding 70 years and lived to be 96 years old. Prince George, age 9, and Prince William, age 40, are currently first and second in line, respectively, for the throne.
Charles does not require a coronation ceremony because he assumed the throne immediately following his mother’s passing.
At the 2019 state opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles were present. Because of the passing of his mother, Charles is now the king of England.
Charles has taken on his mother’s roles as supreme head of the Church of England and defender of the religion in addition to those of sovereign.
Additionally, he has assumed the role of Commonwealth head, a position chosen by Commonwealth leaders rather than one that is inherited.
Prior to Charles succeeding her, Queen Elizabeth made it apparent that it was her “sincere wish” for him to do so. After the late monarch’s support, the proposal was formally adopted by leaders in April 2018.