Royal title shock: Why Charles may not be King Charles III

There's a telling reason why he might want to avoid it!
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Prince Charles may never be known as King Charles III, even when he becomes king.

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Charles will one day take over the throne from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, however there has been speculation that, when the time comes, the Prince of Wales, whose full name is Charles Philip Arthur George, may elect not to be known as ‘Charles III’.

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Charles can chose his regnal name when he becomes king (Credit: Getty)

While he has been the heir apparent since the age of three, when his mother was proclaimed queen in 1952, the prince could chose his own regnal name, and dump his given name of Charles when he becomes king. 

And he wouldn’t be the first, as three other British monarchs have chosen to be known by another name when they ascended the throne. 

Queen Victoria had been christened Alexandrina Victoria, but took the throne under the name Victoria.

While King Edward VII, Victoria’s eldest son, chose Edward as his regnal title, even though he had been known by his first name of Albert.

And then in 1936, after the abdication crisis, Prince Albert, Duke of York, assumed the throne as King George VI rather than “King Albert”.

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The Prince of Wales knelt before the queen at his Investiture at Caernarvon Castle on July 1, 1969 in Wales (Credit: Getty)
Prince Charles is next in line to the throne (Credit: Getty)

He may wish to avoid the name because Charles II of England, was known for his Catholic sympathies and Charles I of England, was executed after the English Civil War.

It’s thought that instead he might use one of his other names and choose to become King George VII, King Philip, or King Arthur.

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