Prince Charles became the king of Britain at the age of 73 after the death of his mother. Charles, 73, was crowned Prince of Wales in 1969 at Buckingham Palace. His title ‘Prince of Wales’ will now go to his eldest son Prince William.
According to the rules of the British Empire, the former Prince of Wales Charles will automatically and without any formalities take the title of King after the death of the Queen. He would become known as ‘King Charles III’. However, he can choose any of his four names. The names are – Charles Philip Arthur George. At the same time, he will also be the king of 14 Commonwealth countries.The new King Charles has to go through several formalities. Within 24 hours of the Queen’s death, she will be officially proclaimed King. The announcement will be made at the ‘Accession Council’ at St James’s Palace in London. Members of the Council are a group of former and current senior MPs, senior civil servants, Commonwealth High Commissioners and the Lord Mayor of London. Its membership is more than seven hundred. However, due to time constraints not all members of the ‘Accession Council’ could be present.
Only two hundred members were present at the last Accession Council held in 1952. It is not customary for the new king to participate at this time.The Accession Council will meet again a day later. The new king will be present here.