Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her eldest son, formerly Prince Charles, has become King.
He has taken on the role of head of state sitting next to his wife, Queen Camilla, following the tragic death of his beloved mother.
Although he has always been referred to as Charles during his time as Elizebeth’s heir, his name wouldn't automatically become King Charles – he would have a choice.
In 1952, when Queen Elizabeth was crowned, she too was asked what she would like to be called, like her father before her had.
She opted to go by her own name, a choice which Charles will also have had.
What will King Charles' name be?
Charles will be officially known as King Charles III, Clarence House has confirmed.However, it wasn't always obvious Charles would choose the name King Charles III
The name Charles has some negative connotations from the Charleses sitting on the throne before him.
Queen Elizabeth I was a strong and revered leader, still famed and honoured today.
King Charles I and King Charles II, however, do not share such adoration from the masses.
King in 1625, Charles I ruled without a parliament for a decade after he decided he wanted to do it alone. His time on the throne was labelled as “eleven years' tyranny”.
He was beheaded in 1649 for being a “tyrant, traitor, murderer and public enemy to the good people of the nation”.
King Charles II became king in 1661, returning from exile to take the throne. He was popular and liked by many, however, he was also the father of 14 illegitimate kids.
With the full name of Charles Philip Arthur George, the former prince has plenty of options to work with if he does fancy changing his name to something that might be met with a little more fondness.
Sources close to the prince have previously reported that he had been toying with opting for one of his middle names, George, which would make him King George VII.
Grant Harrold, a former royal butler, said to Studio 10 in 2005: "Normally royal children have two or three names. The reason is, if possibly that child was to become a king or queen, they have to have a kind of pool to choose from.
"For example, Prince Charles, if and when he becomes king, would be – people assume he would be Charles III. But he could technically be George VII because George is in his name."
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