No successor has spent more time preparing for the throne than King Charles III during the millennia-long history of the British royal line.

Following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, he ascended to the throne on Thursday, fulfilling a destiny bestowed upon him when she became the monarch in 1952, when he was just 3 years old.

The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, the wife of Charles, is now known as the queen consort.

Charles was the oldest monarch in British history when he was crowned at 73, older than Elizabeth, who was crowned at 27.

Charles is currently the head of the Commonwealth, a postcolonial alliance of 54 nations with 2.4 billion inhabitants.

Between 1952 and 2022, the Queen's nearly seven-decade reign brought about significant political and cultural shifts in the country.

US President Joe Biden travelled to Washington, DC, to sign a book of condolences at the British High Commission.

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