King Charles III OM of the United Kingdom

Prince of Wales (1958-2022), Order of Merit recipient (from 2002), and King of the United Kingdom (from 2022)

Aged 76

Charles III (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is King of the United Kingdom and the 14 other Commonwealth realms. He was the longest-serving heir apparent and, at age 73, became the oldest person to accede to the British throne following the death of his mother, Elizabeth II, on 8 September 2022. Charles was born in Buckingham Palace during the reign of his maternal grandfather, King George VI, and was three when his mother ascended the throne in 1952, making him the heir apparent. He was made Prince of Wales in 1958 and his investiture was held in 1969. He was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun schools, as was his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Charles later spent six months at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, Charles served in the Air Force and Navy from 1971 to 1976. In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer, with whom he had two sons, William and Harry. In 1996, the couple divorced after they had each engaged in well-publicised extramarital affairs. Diana died in a car crash the following year. In 2005, Charles married his long-time partner, Camilla Parker Bowles. As Prince of Wales, Charles undertook official duties and engagements on behalf of the Queen. He founded the youth charity 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 over 20 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. His support for homeopathy and other alternative medicine has been criticised.

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Commemorated on 13 plaques

Albert Dock Built 1841-1846 Opened by HRH The Prince Consort 30th July 1846 Restored 1983-1988 Re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales 24th May 1988

Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they was (1988)

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron This Museum was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on 5 July 1979

Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, United Kingdom where they opened

The Millennium Seed Bank in The Wellcome Trust Millennium Building opened by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales 20th November 2000.

Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, United Kingdom where they opened

The Kursaal. Harrogate Council's 1898 competition for the design of a Kursaal or "Cure Hall" was won by London architect Robert Beale, who worked with Frank Matcham, England's most celebrated theatrical designer. The Kursaal was opened by Sir Hubert Parry on 28th May 1903 and is the only remaining building of its type in the country. Intended to complement the town's other spa facilities the Kursaal contained many innovations that provided great flexibility of use. Renamed the "Royal Hall" in 1918, the building has been host to the greatest artists of the day - from Sir Edward Elgar to The Beatles. Following a complete restoration from 2006-8, Matcham's spectacular interior now contains more gold leaf than any similar auditorium in England. The much-loved building was reopened by HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, on 22nd January 2008.

Ripon Road, Harrogate, United Kingdom where they re-opened

The Kidwelly Industrial Museum was opened on 23 June 1988 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Kidwelly Industrial Museum, Kidwelly, United Kingdom where they opened

A 14 year old Prince Charles ordered a cherry brandy here and was smuggled away by car [full inscription unknown]

Crown Hotel, Castle Street, Stornoway, United Kingdom where they was

1873 - 1988 The National Waterways Museum opened by HRH the Prince of Wales on 5th August 1988

Gloucester Waterways Museum - Llanthony Warehouse - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, United Kingdom where they opened (1988)

This Tithe Barn was opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on 23 October 2008

English translation: Agorwyd yr ysgubor ddegwm hon gan el uchelder brenhinol Tywysog Cymru ar 23 ain Hydref 2008

Monk Street, Abergavenny, United Kingdom where they opened (2008)

AITH LIFEBOAT PIER This pier was opened by H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES on the occasion of the naming of R.N.L.B "SNOLDA" by H.R.H PRINCESS OF WALES on 29th July 1986

Pier, Aith, Shetland, United Kingdom where they was

Royal Visit to Anglesey 9th August 1958 This plaque expresses the pride of the people of Holyhead at the fact that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and H.R.H. Princess Anne Came ashore here on the 9th August 1958 and that this was the first visit by Prince Charles to the Principality after his creation as Prince of Wales

Newry Beach, Holyhead, United Kingdom where they visited (1958)

To Commemorate the visit by the HRH Prince of Wales to Cromford Station 18th February 2011

Cromford Station, Cromford, United Kingdom where they visited (2011)

Erected by St. Davids Community Council to commemorate the 800th anniversary of St. Davids Cathedral 1181-1981 the visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales 28th October 1981 and the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip to distribute the Royal Maundy at St. Davids Cathedral on Thursday 8th April 1982.

28B High Street, St. Davids, United Kingdom where they visited (1981)

HRH The Prince of Wales KG KP opened Erddig to the public on 27th June 1977. The house, gardens and park were the munificent gift to the National Trust of Philip Yorke the last Squire of Erddig

The gardens, Erddig, United Kingdom where they opened (1977)