Charles, Prince of Wales is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. He has been the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, waiting since 1952. He has also been the oldest person to be next in line to the throne since Sophia of Hanover.
Like Charles, we currently wait the time for Queen Elizabeth II to pass on before he can currently become King. Now in her 90’s, the time is fast approaching. The kings and queens of Britain are mortals and we all succumb one day, like it or not. It is unlikely Queen Elizabeth would ever abdicate.
We await the details of his coronation and that of his second wife Camilla. Whether Camilla becomes queen will be decided by royal prerogative rather than Parliament or from the peoples vote. As King, Charles would have the sole authority over whether his wife would be known as Queen Camilla. Legally, Camilla would automatically become queen if Prince Charles becomes king, but given the history with his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, they may not go down this path. A statement from Clarence House, the official London residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, issued on the day they married (on 10 February 2005) announced that Camilla would be known as princess consort in the event of Charles’s accession to the throne.
It is unknown at this time what name Prince Charles will choose to be called once he becomes King. He could decide to rule as King Charles III or take another name, perhaps King George VII after his grandfather, after another ancestor or any of his other middle names -Philip or Arthur.
Speculation has also developed in recent years of the possibility Charles might forfeit the crown to let Prince William and Katherine (Kate) become the new monarchs. However, this is believed to be highly unlikely and probably pure fantasy. Should Prince Charles die before the Queen or before his coronation, Prince William, Duke of Cambrige would be next in line to be King and crowned.
We will keep you posted as events unfold!