Charles III on the throne: first steps of a new king, his birthday celebrated with great fanfare

But who really is King Charles? A look back at the journey of an unloved son who gradually found his way to the hearts of his subjects.

While Prince Charles turned 74 on November 14, 2022, the festivities were on in England. The celebrations began the morning at 11 a.m. with a concert by the Household Cavalry Band singing ' Happy Birthday in honor of the King, at Buckingham Palace, where he was born 74 years earlier. Then 41 cannon shots were fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park. then played next another version of ' Happy Birthday '. The Honorable Artillery Company then fired 62 cannon shots at the Tower of London at 1 p.m. A busy morning!

The King's Gift (To His Employees)

If it is the king who celebrated his birthday on November 14, some of his employees benefited from a gift paid by Her Majesty ! Charles III decided to please his lowest paid employees and offered them a bonus, according to The Sun . In an inflationary environment, the king decided to help servants and other footmen to make ends meet. They should therefore receive up to £600, or 685 euros , more in their salary this month.

What program after the death of the queen?

The Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 this Thursday, September 8, 2022. Immediately, Operation London Bridge, a plan that organizes and frames the funeral of the monarch, was put in place. His son became king. But, if he immediately took the head of the British crown, his coronation will only take place later. A source had notably declared to the Mail On Sunday that Charles wanted a coronation' much less expensive 'Her Majesty's ceremony, which at the time cost £1.57 million, a sum which, in euros and with inflation, is around £56 million.

King's first statement

Charles issued a statement shortly after news of the Queen's death was announced, speaking publicly since he rose from Prince to King of England. He writes : ' The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a time of great sadness for me and all my family members. We mourn the departure of a beloved sovereign and a beloved mother. I know his loss will be deeply felt by the country, the territories and the Commonwealth, and by so many around the world. In this time of grief and change, my family and I will take comfort in knowing the respect and deep affection there was for the Queen. '

First in the line of succession to the British crown, Prince Charles is far from unanimous with the public. A wavering popularity following the failure of his marriage to Princess Lady Di, with whom he had two children. But since his second marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, he appears closer to his subjects.

Le Prince Charles: an all-out future

Born on November 14, 1948, Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the age of four, her destiny seems set when her mother ascends the throne. He becomes the first heir to the crown of England and is raised in this sense alongside Princess Anne, his younger sister. Following his schooling at Trinity College in Cambridge, from which he graduated in anthropology, archeology and history, Charles enlisted. For five years, he applied himself to serving his country in the ranks of the Royal Navy. A course of the most consensual imposed by the monarchy.

Prince Charles: the best and the worst

At the head of the succession to the British throne, Charles quickly set out to find a wife to start a family. He gets to know Lady Diana whom he soon marries. The marriage was celebrated in 1981 and made the headlines of all the media. But the couple they form is clouded by the very nature of their relationship. If Diana enjoys enormous sympathy capital, Prince Charles does not have the favor of the public. His image will improve with the birth of his two sons on Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984. The happy years will be short-lived, and the couple will separate in 1992 before divorcing four years later. The tragic death of Diana in 1997 will not help restore his image since, at the same time, we discover that he was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, his childhood sweetheart. Nevertheless, while time tends to the wounds, Charles marries the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. It was from this moment, and because he put himself at the service of various humanitarian causes, that he regained the confidence of British subjects. The marriage of William and Kate in 2011 has finished establishing the popularity of Charles: he is finally ready to take over and become the next monarch of England.