Happy 74th Birthday To King Charles III of the United Kingdom

King Charles III's 74th birthday

Today is UK's King Charles III's 74th birthday. Happy Birthday Your Majesty! 🎂🎉🎈This is his first birthday as a monarch. 

When he was born in the winter of November 1948, his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had a hilarious comment upon seeing the infant prince: “He looks like a plum pudding”. 😂

King Charles III 74th birthday
Happy birthday Your Majesty! 🎂

Charles III 74th birthday
The infant Prince Charles and his parents 

Here are some interesting trivia about His Majesty:

  • He was born on November 14, 1948, in Buckingham Palace, London
  • His real name is Charles Philip Arthur George
  • By blood, he was born a Glucksburg prince through his father, Prince Philip, a male-line descendant of King Christian IX of Denmark. One of the oldest royal houses in Europe. Today the House of Glucksburg includes Denmark and Norway. It is the former royal house name of the Greek monarchy.
  • Through his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, he belonged to the House of Windsor, and through his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he belonged both to the royal House of Glucksburg, and to the noble houses of Mountbatten and Edinburgh.
King Charles III's 74th birthday
The young Prince Charles and his parents, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
  • He became the heir-apparent to the British throne at three years old in February 1952, officially carrying the title Duke of Cornwall. 
  • He was one of the youngest Dukes of Cornwall in British history, but he did not gain control of the Duchy of Cornwall until he became 21 years old.
  • He was invested as Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969, on the 8th birthday of The Honorable Diana Spencer, who would become his wife, 12 years later.
  • He is a nature conservationist, an environmentalist, an organic farmer, and a passionate gardener.
King Charles III's 74th birthday
Prince Charles, The Queen, and The Duke of Edinburgh
  • He is the oldest king-in-waiting in British history and the longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
  • At 73, he is the oldest king to ascend to the British throne.
  • He is one of the most "royal" monarchs in the world today, having parents who were both born of royal blood.
  • He is the only British monarch in recent memory who descended from the Russian emperors. His father, Prince Philip, was the great-great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia through Prince Philip's paternal grandmother, Queen Olga of Greece.
King Charles III's 74th birthday
The infant Prince Charles and the young Princess Elizabeth
  • He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Cambridge in 1971, making him the first British heir apparent to the throne to obtain a university degree.
  • While still the Prince of Wales, he trained in the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.
  • His complete titles: His Majesty Charles the Third, by the Grace of God King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, and Defender of the Faith.
King Charles III's 74th birthday
One of the last public photos of King Charles and his mother, the Queen

A new portrait for the King

Royal court photographer, Chris Jackson, shared a new portrait of the king on his Twitter account. Jackson photographed the King leaning in an ancient Oak Tree in Windsor Great Park, with a ray of sunlight filtering through the huge branches.

King Charles III new portrait for his 74th birthday
New portrait of King Charles III taken by © Chris Jackson for Getty Images

King Charles III also assumed a new role, Ranger of Windsor Great Park, a post last held by his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

In his post on Twitter, Chris Jackson described the photo: "In this official picture I took, released this morning, The King is pictured under an ancient Oak tree as he becomes The Ranger of this beautiful Park (which looked incredible in the autumnal afternoon light).

New Ranger of Windsor Great Park

In a post from Buckingham Palace, it was announced that King Charles III is the new Ranger of Windsor Great Park, taking over the role last held by Prince Philip, the longest Ranger of Windsor Great Park.

As Ranger of Windsor Great Park, King Charles will oversee the Windsor estate, the development, and day-to-day activities of the Great Park.

Prince Philip toured documentary filmmaker, Robert Hardman, explaining his role as Ranger of Windsor Great Park 

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving Ranger of Windsor Great Park, taking the role in 1952, upon the death of King George VI.

Prince Philip introduced many developments and improvements to the Queen's Windsor estate including the Savill Garden Visitor Center and Virginia Water Pavilion.

King Charles III as the new Ranger of Windsor Great Park ©Chris Jackson 

Traditionally, the role of Ranger is assumed by the husband of the Queen. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the husband of Queen Victoria, was Ranger of Windsor Great Park from 1840 until his death in 1862.

However, when the monarch is male, usually he is the one who will take over the role. King George VI, the father of the Queen, was Prince Philip's predecessor as WGP's Ranger.

King Charles III, a known environmentalist and organic farming advocate, wants Windsor Great Park as the center of excellence for best environmental best practices. 

Happy birthday Your Majesty. Long Live the King! 

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