The moment Elizabeth II died, her eldest son Charles automatically became king. As the Sovereign, he has chosen to take the name King Charles III.
All rights and responsibilities of the Crown now rest with King Charles III.
He became head of the British armed forces, judiciary and civil service, and is the supreme ruler of the Church of England. It is the Medal of Honor, which means that all honors, such as the Order of Knighthood, will now be awarded in his name.
The UK does not have a codified constitution, so the role of the monarchy is defined by convention rather than law. It is his duty to remain politically neutral, which means that he will be subject to further scrutiny if he continues to express the opinions for which he is known.
He has advocated for alternative medicines and organic farming techniques. In 1984, he hit the “glass stumps and concrete towers” of modern architecture. He’s spent decades warning of the dangers of climate change. In the so-called “Black Spider” memoir, he raised issues he was concerned with directly with the ministers.
Elizabeth remained “above politics” and never expressed herself in any way on any issue, as a result of which she was rarely divided in opinion. She managed to retain popular support and cross-party support in Parliament, the only body with the power to overthrow her.
We will never know what she discussed in her usual audience with her prime ministers, beginning with Churchill, but Charles She is a more outspoken personality. Will he remain silent on matters of politics in public but continue to exert pressure in private? Will the Prime Minister act on this basis?
The prime ministerial audience is one of the many constitutional duties that King Charles III is expected to ascend to and they will put him in regular contact with policymakers. He appoints the prime minister, opens parliamentary sessions, approves legislation and official appointments, receives credentials of foreign ambassadors, and hosts world leaders on official visits.
Charles also adopted the symbolic position as head of the nation, which meant that he became a symbol of national identity, unity, and pride. It represents continuity and celebrates excellence on behalf of the state. That’s why we see the King inaugural national events and leading the festivities.
People would look at Elizabeth in times of crisis, but would they gather around King Charles III in the same way? He is even more divisive not only because of his honest opinions but also because of the bad taste that remains from his acrimonious divorce from his very popular first wife Diana.
All official royal residences including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle will now be under his control. Other residences such as Balmoral in Scotland and Sandringham in Norfolk are also privately owned by the Queen – and the nation will have to see whom she leaves at her will.
Overnight, King Charles III became one of the richest men in England.
For years, the big question about Charles’ wife has surrounded her title. At the time their wedding was announced in February 2005, the official statement read: “Mrs. Parker Bowles is scheduled to use the title Her Royal Highness The Princess Consort when the Prince of Wales assumes the throne.” It was a very clear indication that Camilla would not use the title Queen. But her office at Clarence House has distanced itself from that statement in the intervening years, saying it is about the reigning monarch.
Then, in February 2022, the Queen expressed her desire for her son-in-law to be known as the Queen Consort when Charles became king in a message to mark the start of her Platinum Jubilee year – a statement that seemed to solve the problem for Good.
The Queen’s wishes were welcomed by the couple themselves. That same weekend, a statement from the spokesperson said Her Majesty’s words were touched and honored.
Where will the couple live? Well, it is usual for the new king to move into Buckingham Palace, but in 2011, the BBC reported that Charles was considering moving his entire court to Windsor and turning Buckingham Palace into a hub of events. This would be a dramatic and controversial turnaround, but it could also confirm that King Charles III is the new president.
William and Catherine
So far, Charles He was responsible for covering the costs of his heir, Prince William.
William has now inherited his father’s title of Duke of Cornwall, which comes with a property that last year brought in an income of 23 million pounds ($26 million). This money now goes directly to William and becomes rich independently.
His new title is His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, and tradition dictates that he, first in line to the throne, would also become the Prince of Wales – but this is something the King would need to make a specific proclamation about. If he does, Catherine becomes Her Royal Highness, Princess of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
William and Catherine will be able to establish their independent court, which is currently based at Kensington Palace in west London, in a renovated apartment shortly after their marriage. It seems unlikely that William would want to move, so it is likely that the King’s former residences, including Clarence House and Birshall in the Scottish Highlands, would remain vacant until Charles offered them to other members of the family, or he found alternative use. The family resides at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor during term time.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will follow their parents’ titling. They are now Their Royal Highnesses Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cornwall and Cambridge. Colloquially they are probably known as George, Charlotte and Louis Wales.
Harry and Megan
Charles II’s son, Harry, is unlikely to be offered a royal position unless he and his wife Megan return to their royal duties, and the King will also need to confirm that they can continue to use Frogmore Cottage on the property of Windsor, which is part of the monarchy. They currently live with son Archie and daughter Lillipet in California, but were allowed to continue using Frogmore as their official residence during the Queen’s reign.
When Harry and Meghan announced in early 2020 that they were stepping back from their royal duties, they said they would “work towards achieving financial independence”. The terms of the split stipulated that while the couple would always remain part of the family, they would no longer use their own title of Royal Highness.
As grandchildren of the King, Archie will now automatically be HRH Prince Archie of Sussex while Lillipet will be HRH Princess Lilibit of Sussex. Whether they use these addresses will only become known the first time their parents refer to them publicly.
Prince Andrew and other family members
King Charles III also becomes responsible for distributing roles, responsibilities, and resources to other members of the royal family.
Then there are his other brothers, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, and distant relatives such as Gloucesters and Kents who maintain royal residences in Kensington.
Charles will need to determine how much family support he needs to perform his duties and who he wants to provide. Then he can reveal the support he offers in return. Many of these decisions could already have been made, and the first signs of the place of his loyalties would appear in who could keep any housing and especially who would be promoted.
Anne, Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are expected to continue to perform their public duties after decades of dedicated service, but the new king needs to balance this against pressure for a watered-down monarchy in difficult times.