Prince Charles Could Choose Different Name When He Becomes King

Obviously Prince Charles is the next King of England, queuing up in the line of succession with Prince William behind him, who has Prince George behind him. But since Prince Charles has been in the public eye his entire life—a full 73 years—it’s hard to imagine him as anything other than Charles. However, when he does eventually become king, he’ll actually have the opportunity to pick a new name for himself.

If he takes the traditional approach to his “regnal title,” as it’s called, then as king he would become King Charles III—the first King Charles since the 17th century. But he doesn’t have to go the traditional route: According to Express UK, there is a seldom-used rule that he may take advantage of in order to adopt a new kingly name. His full name is Charles Philip Arthur George, which means that as King, Charles can adopt any of the names in the full title. King Arthur, perhaps?

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