The Coronation of King Charles III, steeped in centuries-old tradition, is a significant event in British history. And importantly – a bank holiday woohoo! It’s a time when the nation comes together to celebrate the start of a new reign, as the king swears an oath to serve the country and its people. While the pomp and pageantry might appear as a display of grandeur, it’s a reminder of the monarchy’s history and legacy. This means many of us test our knowledge of the history of the monarchy. For so long we were used to having a queen, but who was the last King? And who were the other King Charles’ before this King Charles? Let’s take a look.

When is the coronation of King Charles? 

The coronation of King Charles III takes place on Saturday 6th May 2023. It’s a shared coronation of King Charles and Camila, who has now officially been referred to as Queen Camila (controversial?). It begins at 11am and takes place at Westminster Abbey. The events, such as parades and concerts, will spill over the weekend and into the week, which is why we have the bank holiday on Monday 8th May!

Who was the last king before Charles?

Who was the last King before Charles?
King George VI

Before King Charles III, the last reigning king of the United Kingdom was King George VI, who ruled from December 11, 1936, until his death on February 6, 1952. He was the father of the late Queen Elizabeth II and grandfather of the current King.

King George VI succeeded his brother, King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. This event caused a constitutional crisis and shook the foundations of the British monarchy. George VI led the nation through the challenging times of World War II and played a crucial role in maintaining the unity of the Commonwealth. His reign marked a period of significant social and political change in Britain and around the world.

How many King Charles’ have there been?

King Charles I - who was the last King Charles?
King Charles I

In the history of the British monarchy, there have been two kings named Charles. The first, King Charles I, ruled from 1625 until 1649, when he was executed during the English Civil War. His reign was marked by a challenging relationship with Parliament. This ultimately led to war and his eventual trial and execution for high treason. The monarchy was briefly abolished and replaced by the English Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. However, after Cromwell’s death, the monarchy was restored, and Charles II, the son of Charles I, took the throne in 1660.

King Charles II reigned from 1660 until his death in 1685. His rule is often called the Restoration, as it marked the return of the monarchy after a brief period of republican rule. Charles II was known for his love of arts, sciences, and his hedonistic lifestyle. During the time of King Charles II, there was the Great Plague of London as well as the Great Fire of London.

Who will be the next monarch?

Who will be the next King - Prince William
Source: Royal UK

As it stands Prince William, is due to be the next King. It will then be his eldest son, Prince George of Wales. It would then be his next two children, and following that Prince Harry, currently 5th in line. You can check out the British succession order here.

The British monarchy has a rich and storied history, with kings and queens playing essential roles in shaping the nation’s identity. The last king, George VI, and the two King Charles before him, all made an indelible mark on Britain and its people. Many people might not bother watching the coronation, but we can all appreciate the momentous occasion and – as we mentioned – bank holiday!

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