Happy 75th Birthday to His Majesty Charles III of the UK. Long Live The King!

 King Charles III 75th birthday

Happy birthday to His Majesty King Charles III! He turned 75 years old today, November 14, 2023. To mark his birthday, The King's Foundation held celebratory events at Dumfries House (Scotland) and Highgrove Gardens in Highgrove estate, His Majesty's private country residence.

King Charles celebrated his birthday at Highgrove Gardens by inviting people who shared his age. They had a tea birthday party for the King with dances and conversations. It was highlighted by the King's cutting of his birthday cake.

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King Charles celebrates his birthday in Highgrove Gardens inviting people his age for a Tea Party

This year is His Majesty's second birthday celebration as a monarch. He ascended to the British throne on September 8, 2022, upon the death of his beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He was Britain's longest-serving Prince of Wales in history, and the oldest British monarch to ascend the throne at 73.

King Charles III 75th birthday
King Charles III's 75th birthday cake at Highgrove

The King was born Charles Philip Arthur George on November 14, 1948, in Buckingham Palace, just six days before the first wedding anniversary of his parents, Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. He was born during the reign of his grandfather, King George VI.

King Charles III 75th birthday
His Majesty King Charles III is a passionate gardener and farmer

King Charles is the first British king who is also a Glucksburg monarch, just like Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and King Harald V of Norway. His father, Prince Philip, was the great-grandson in the male line of King Christian IX of Denmark, from the royal House of Glucksburg. 

Prince Philip, however, gave up his place in the line of succession to the Greek throne and his Greek royal titles, in February 1947 to become a British citizen for his upcoming marriage to the future Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Philip adopted his maternal grandfather's surname of Mountbatten (the Anglicized version of Battenberg).

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The infant Prince Charles with his proud parents, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh

King Charles III is the first British king who is directly descended from a Russian emperor. His father, Prince Philip, was the great-great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia through the emperor's granddaughter, Queen Olga (born Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna of Russia), the paternal grandmother of Prince Philip.

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Official portrait. The Queen, Prince Philip, and their two young children, Princess Anne, and Prince Charles. Buckingham Palace's music room

The King is a known environmentalist and a nature conservationist. His private country residence, Highgrove estate, is fully sustainable and being managed according to the King's environmental principles.

He is also advocating organic farming and is considered a passionate farmer and a Gardiner. His Highgrove Garden which he personally supervised is considered the finest example of an English country garden.

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King Charles III at Remembrance Sunday 2023

According to his biography on the Royal Family's official website, King Charles III has taken a keen and active interest in all areas of public life for decades. He has established more than 20 charities over 40 years while still The Prince of Wales, including The Prince's Trust, The Prince's Foundation, and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF).

His Majesty has worked closely with many organizations, publicly supporting a wide variety of causes relating to the environment, rural communities, the arts, healthcare, and education.

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Royal Family's Christmas Card in 1967. Frogmore Gardens, Windsor
King Charles III 75th birthday
Summer in Balmoral. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and their four young children
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From left: Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, The Queen, and Prince Andrew. Summer in Balmoral, 1978
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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Charles

King Charles III obtained a degree in History from Cambridge University and trained in all three branches of the British Armed Forces - Army, Air Force, and Royal Navy. Upon his accession to the British throne, he became the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces.

Just this November, the King attended his very first State Opening of Parliament as monarch and delivered the first King's Speech in 72 years.

Wishing His Majesty a happier and healthier life as he turns 75 today. Long Live The King!

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