Upon the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles ascended to the throne. When his mother passed away, the eldest son of the Queen, who was 73 at the time, was recognized as the next king of Britain.
Buckingham Palace announced his mother’s death on September 8 at the age of 96, and the King’s accession to the throne followed within hours.
She passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon, according to a statement released by the royal family, which also said, “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” As Charles’ mother had been the longest-reigning queen for almost 70 years prior to her own ascension, he had already established himself as the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history (his title as Prince of Wales had been held since July 1958).
The death of Charles’s father, Prince Philip, in April 2021 elevated Charles to the position of Duke of Edinburgh, and he has since gained valuable experience by representing the Queen at important events like the Remembrance Sunday Service in November 2021 and the Royal Maundy Service in April 2022.
As a result of the change in the monarchy, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Charles’s wife, will be formally titled “Queen Consort,” by Her Majesty the Queen in February 2022. (She was once known as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall rather than the Princess of Wales, which was associated with Charles’ first wife, the late Princess Diana.)
When her son Charles eventually succeeds her as king, “When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement on February 5. When the time comes, it is my honest hope that Camilla will be referred to as Queen Consort as she continues her own faithful duty. On the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s Accession Day, also known as her Platinum Jubilee, Charles and Camilla were “honor” according to a statement made the following day.
Prince William, Charles’ eldest son, is now the next in line to the throne of the United Kingdom when his father, King Charles II, took the throne. William is 40 years old.