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A infografia mostra os principais acontecimentos na vida do rei Carlos III.


Perfil do rei Carlos III

By Jordi Bou

May 6, 2023 - Com a morte da sua mãe, a rainha Isabel II, o príncipe Carlos torna-se finalmente rei do Reino Unido e 14 outros domínios, pondo fim a uma espera de mais de 70 anos – a mais longa de um herdeiro na história britânica.

Born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948, Charles became heir apparent at the age of three when his mother inherited the throne upon her father King George VI’s death.

He studied history at Cambridge University's Trinity College and in 1970 became the first British royal to earn a university degree.

His personal life has been controversial. He married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Prince William, now heir to the throne, was born a year later, followed by his brother, Prince Harry, in 1984.

But the public fairytale crumbled. In a BBC TV interview in 1995, Diana described “three of us” – referring to Charles’s long-standing affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

It took years for many in the UK to forgive Charles, especially after Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997. But the public mood softened after he married Camilla in 2005 and she became Duchess of Cornwall.

Diana’s tragic death would lead to his playing a more active role in the lives of his sons, and he buried himself in philanthropic work.

A patron of the World Wildlife Fund, the King is also a generous patron of the arts, has a keen interest in preserving traditional architecture, and is an enthusiastic gardener.

But it is his passion for environmental issues and organic farming produce, founding the Duchy Originals brand to promote organic food, that have been his main preoccupation.

He has also been criticised for political interference. In 2013, it was revealed Charles held 36 meetings with government ministers in the previous three years.

At 73, Charles is the oldest person ever to ascend the British throne.

PUBLISHED: 21/03/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom