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King Charles III: a closer look at the man who’s been preparing for his new role for seven decades

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At 73 years of age, Charles is ­finally king. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
At 73 years of age, Charles is ­finally king. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

A tweedy radical. A fussy intellectual. A red-cheeked landowner who looks as if he’s stepped out of an 18th-century painting. These are just some of the words that have been used to describe the man who’s now the king of the United Kingdom after a seven-­decade apprenticeship.

These descriptions might seem harsh but let’s not forget that over the years there was speculation about Charles ever becoming king.

The collapse of his marriage to Princess Diana made him deeply unpopular – who could support a man who’d betrayed the People’s Princess, carrying on with his mistress while Diana grew increasingly fragile and unhappy? 

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