A British heir to the throne has never waited so long. Charles Philip Arthur George became the 13th monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Thursday after 70 years as heir.
Up until now, we have come to know Charles as an environmentalist with a disdain for modern architecture and a propensity to lobby the government on topics from the teaching of history to military helicopter procurement.
In his first speech as king yesterday, he said: “My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities. It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply.”
But what kind of king will Charles III be? His letters, interviews and speeches hint at what Britain can expect from its new sovereign — and what his accession could mean for the future of the monarchy.