CORONATION COUNTOWN - King Charles and Queen Camilla - their lives in numbers...... - The Bromsgrove Standard

CORONATION COUNTOWN - King Charles and Queen Camilla - their lives in numbers......

Bromsgrove Editorial 6th May, 2023   0

AS WITH all royal and big national occasions, there are always plenty of facts, figures and statistics to ponder.

Ahead of the coronation on May 6 when King Charles III and Queen Camilla will be crowned, we thought it would be fun to look at the pair’s ‘life in numbers’ and provide some little known facts, as well as a few you probably already know.

2 – The number of children King Charles has – William, the Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry. Camilla also had two siblings – a younger sister Annabel Elliot and a younger brother Mark Shand. Sadly her brother died in 2014.

3 – The Queen had four children, so Charles has three siblings – Anne, Edward and Andrew. Three is also the age he was when his mother Elizabeth became Queen.

5 – Charles served in the Royal Navy and Air Force for five years – beginning his service in 1971.

9 – Charles was just nine years old when he was made Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester – in July 1958 – although he was not crowned by his mother until 11 years later on July 1, 1969.

17 – The number of charitable organisations Prince Charles has founded. He is president of them all.

18 – The number of years Charles and Camilla have been married. The pair wed on April 9, 2005, during a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. Prince William was the best man. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh did not attend the ceremony but did go to the reception and an official blessing. It was from then on when Camilla became the Duchess of Cornwall – the title she has held until her crowning on May 6.

21 – The age Charles delivered his first speech on environmental issues. He gave the address as the chairman of the Welsh Countryside Committee. Since then he has become renowned for his strong views on caring for and protecting the environment, along with other causes.

47 – The number of years The Prince’s Trust – started by Charles in 1976 – has been going for.

51 – This is the number of years Charles and Camilla have known each other. It is reported they first met in mid-1971.

54 – Charles served as The Prince of Wales for 54 years before passing on the title to his son William when he became King.

56 – There are 56 Commonwealth countries but King Charles III will only be head of state of 15 of them. Of the others, 36 are republics and five have their own monarchs. Not all were left over from the British Empire. Gabon and Togo (the 55th and 56th) were former French Colonies and had no ties to Britain but were admitted in June this year after applying to join. Rwanda joined in 2009 and The Maldives left the Commonwealth in 2016 but rejoined in 2020.

61 – King Charles III and Queen Camilla become the 61st English monarchs in the last 1,200 years. It all began with Saxon King Egbert who reigned for 12 years from 827 to 839.

70 – The number of years the longest reigning monarch – Queen Elizabeth II – spent on the throne.

73 – The age Charles was when he officially became King – that was on September 8, 2022, after the passing of his mother, The Late Queen Elizabeth II. Charles – born on November 14, 1948 – was the longest-serving British heir, surpassing Edward VII’s record of 59 years on April 20, 2011. He is also officially the oldest person to take up the monarch’s role. The previous record holder was William IV who was 64 when he became king in 1830.

75 – The age Camilla is now – she was born on July 17, 1947. With her birthday still more than two months away, it is also the age she will be officially crowned.

240 – The number of days between when Charles became King – on September 8, 2022 – to when he is crowned – May 6, 2023.

400 – King Charles is patron, president or a member of 400 charities.

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