King Charles III: The Commonwealth Has A New Head

Remembering Diana

King Charles III, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, has lived his life in the shadow of the British monarchy, having had to wait the longest—he was only three years old when his mother, Elizabeth II, acceded to the throne in 1952, making him the heir apparent—to be crowned king or queen thanks to his mother’s formidable longevity on the throne. The 74 years old King was made Prince of Wales in 1958 when he was 10 years old, and his investiture was held in 1969, a decade later. Despite the many challenges he has faced along the way, he has remained steadfast in his commitment to duty and service and has now taken the throne this weekend, May 6.

Charles was born on November 14, 1948, and was immediately thrust into the public eye as the heir to the throne. He was educated at Gordonstoun School in Scotland and later went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge. Throughout his youth, he was known for his interest in the arts and his passion for environmental conservation.

As he grew older, Charles became increasingly involved in public life, taking on numerous charitable causes and travelling extensively on behalf of the British monarchy. In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer, and the couple had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Remembering Diana King Charles III and Lady Diana Spencer got married on June 29, 1981, when he was the Prince of Wales, in a highly publicized and extravagant ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. At the time of their marriage, Charles was 32 years old, and Diana was just 20. Their relationship began in 1977 when Charles was dating Diana’s older sister, Lady Sarah.

Prince William

Diana and Charles became reacquainted in 1980 when they were guests at the same country weekend event. They began dating soon after, and their relationship quickly became the subject of media attention.

Despite their initial attraction, Charles and Diana’s marriage was troubled from the beginning. Charles was known to have had an ongoing relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, whom he had met in the early 1970s.

Diana reportedly became aware of this relationship early on in their courtship, and it caused tension between the couple.

Prince Harry

Kate Middleton

Their marriage was also plagued by other issues, such as Diana’s struggles with bulimia and depression, Charles’ busy schedule and absence from home, and differences in their personalities and interests. The media scrutiny and public pressure on them also added to the strain on their relationship.

In 1992, after years of speculation and rumours about their marriage, Charles and Diana announced their separation. They were officially divorced in 1996, one year before Diana’s tragic death in a car accident in Paris, survived by her two sons whom King Charles had to raise alone.

Although their marriage was fraught with difficulties, Charles and Diana’s relationship played a significant role in the history of the British monarchy and continues to be the subject of fascination and study.

Despite his personal challenges, Charles has remained dedicated to his duties as a member of the royal family. He has worked tirelessly to promote causes close to his heart, including environmentalism and interfaith dialogue.

Charles has been a controversial figure throughout his life. He has been criticized for his outspokenness and his perceived lack of empathy. However, he is also a popular figure among many people who admire his commitment to his work and his dedication to public service.

Issues and Succession

King Charles III is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He has two children from his first marriage to Princess Diana and one child from his second marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.

His first child is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who was born on June 21, 1982.

He is currently second in line to the British throne, after his father, and is married to Catherine Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The couple has three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

The King’s second child is Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who was born on September 15, 1984. He is sixth in line to the British throne and is married to Meghan Markle, now Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a marriage that brought an unending drama to the royal family, culminating in the couple’s eventual relocation to California, United States. The couple, who have since both stepped away from senior royal duties, has two children: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Charles III’s third child is from his second marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles. Her name is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and she was born on July 17, 1947. Camilla is not in the line of succession to the British throne as she is a consort, not a reigning monarch.

An Institutional Cultural Significance

In our history, there were not as many mentions of the King as his mother, who was also Nigeria’s official Queen when we were a sovereign state and an independent constitutional monarchy between 1960 and 1963. However, as the monarch of the former colonial power that once ruled Nigeria, King Charles III and the British monarchy still hold a symbolic significance in Nigeria, and the country’s political, social, and cultural history is closely linked to its colonial past. The relationship between the two countries remains significant. Today, the King has no official or personal relationship with Nigeria beyond the normal diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Nigeria as two sovereign nations.

Last year, on November 9, President Buhari met with King Charles III in Buckingham Palace in a meeting that, according to the President, was to foster Nigeria’s bilateral relationship with the UK. In an interview after meeting with the 73-year-old monarch, Buhari noted that Nigeria is a large market and it is wise for the business relationship between the two countries to be nurtured. “Firstly, we are to meet with the king in Kigali, but unfortunately, the meeting was postponed. He is interested very much in Nigeria, maybe because of Nigeria’s relationship with Britain for long, our economic strength, I think we are still of great attachment to them.

The king speaks very well of Nigeria and wants the relationship to continue and if possible, improve,” reported the outgoing president.

On the entertainment front, Tiwa Savage’s performance at the coronation was also another indication of the significant cultural exchange between both countries across borders.

All Hail The British King, New Head of The Commonwealth

This weekend, May 6, 2023, Charles III was officially crowned king in a ceremony steeped in tradition and pomp. The coronation— a momentous occasion for the British people, marks the beginning of a new chapter in the country’s history.

Before taking the throne, Charles had said that he was committed to continuing the legacy of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and to serving the British people with honour and distinction.

While he faces many challenges ahead, he is confident that with the support of his family and his subjects, he can rise to the occasion and lead his country with wisdom and grace.

As King, Charles is expected to continue to undertake official duties and engagements on behalf of the country. He is also likely to continue to speak out on issues that are important to him.

It remains to be seen how he will shape the monarchy in the years to come.

Timeline Gallery


1948 – A newborn Prince Charles in the arms of his mother, Princess Elizabeth.

1941 – Charles with his grandfather, King George VI.

1954 – Young Charles posed for his official birthday portrait

1969 – Queen Elizabeth II crowns her son Charles, Prince of Wales

1972 – Posing for a photo with his family at Buckingham Palace.

1977 – Prince Charles is all smiles on his 30th birthday.

191 – Approximately 750 million people tuned in to watch the original royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

1982 – Prince Charles first son, William was born in 1982. Heres a photo of the young princes christening.

1984 – Princess Diana holding Prince Harry as she and Prince Charles leave St. Marys hospital in London.

1986 – Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry in the wild flower meadow at Highgrove House.

1997 – At the funeral of Princess Diana.

2002- The princes pose for photographers during their skiing holiday in Switzerland.

2005 – In 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. She was given the title of Duchess of Cornwall when they tied the knot.

2007 – Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Serena Hotel for The Queens Banquet for Commonwealth Heads of Government.

2011 – The portrait of a proud father at Will and Kates royal wedding.

2012 – The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles visit the Princes Foundation for Children and The Arts at Dulwich Picture Gallery

2014 – The royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in honor of the Queens birthday.

2015 – Three generations of British royalty on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

2018 – 2018 – Prince Charles played a major role on Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding day. Charles walked the bride down the aisle after it was announced her father, Thomas Markle, could not attend due to health reasons.

2018 – Charles was joined by the rest of the royal family, including newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for a RAF flypast on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

2019 – On the 50th anniversary of his investiture, Prince Charles attended a reception in his honor alongside his family at Buckingham Palace.

2021- At the funeral procession for his father, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Charles accompanied the coffin along with his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, as well as other members of the royal family, including Charles’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

2022 – At the end of the Platinum Jubilee, a celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne, Charles joined his mother, Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

2021 – An avid environmentalist, Charles gave a speech at the UN Climate Change Conference.

2022 – Following the death of his mother, the iconic Queen Elizabeth, the newly-minted King Charles III made his first public speech.

2022 – King Charles III holds somber watch beside his mothers coffin in the Vigil of the Princes, ahead of her funeral.

2022 – In October, after the end of the official mourning period for Queen Elizabeth, Charles and Camilla returned to life as working royals, making a trip to Balmoral to greet well-wishers.


Website | + posts

Self-identifies as a middle child between millennials and the gen Z, began writing as a 14 year-old. Born and raised in Lagos where he would go on to obtain a degree in the University of Lagos, he mainly draws inspiration from societal issues and the ills within. His "live and let live" mantra shapes his thought process as he writes about lifestyle from a place of empathy and emotional intelligence. When he is not writing, he is very invested in football and sociopolitical commentary on social media.

Kehinde Fagbule

About Author / Kehindé Fagbule

Self-identifies as a middle child between millennials and the gen Z, began writing as a 14 year-old. Born and raised in Lagos where he would go on to obtain a degree in the University of Lagos, he mainly draws inspiration from societal issues and the ills within. His "live and let live" mantra shapes his thought process as he writes about lifestyle from a place of empathy and emotional intelligence. When he is not writing, he is very invested in football and sociopolitical commentary on social media.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Start typing and press Enter to search