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Did you know this about King Charles?

Monday 8th May was a bank holiday in the UK as people around the country celebrated the coronation of Prince Charles. He was crowned as King Charles III on 6th May 2023. Here are 10 interesting facts you may not know about the new monarch.

  1. At the age of 73, he is the oldest monarch crowned in British history.

  2. He is also the first monarch with a university degree, he studied history at Cambridge University.

  3. He became Prince of Wales at the age of 9, making him the longest serving Prince of Wales in history.

  4. He is the king in 15 Commonwealth realms: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu and the UK.

  5. As Prince of Wales, he was the president or patron of over 800 charities and charitable initiatives.

  6. He has a species of frog named after him: Hyloscirtus Princecherlesi (Prince Charles Magnificent Tree Frog).

  7. He is a qualified diver and can also pilot a helicopter and jet.

  8. He enjoys sketching and watercolour painting.

  9. At school he played trumpet, piano and cello, continuing to play cello whilst at university.

  10. His favourite car, an Aston Martin, runs on biofuel made from leftover wine and cheese.

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