LONDON—In the 1,000-year history of the British royal family, no heir has worked harder to get ready for the crown than King Charles III.

He took over the throne on Thursday after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died. This was his destiny from the time he was 3 years old, and he

became the monarch in 1952. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who is married to Charles, is now called the Queen consort.

Charles was 73 when he became king, which was older than any other British monarch in history. Elizabeth was 27 when she became queen.

Charles is also now the leader of the Commonwealth, a group of 54 postcolonial countries with a total population of 2.4 billion. He is the head of

state in 15 of these countries, including Canada and Australia. However, the queen's death is likely to fuel a debate in the Caribbean and other

places about getting rid of their former colonial masters for good. During the new king's seven-decade wait, he has dealt with extreme privilege,

controversies, and family drama. And people have been talking for a long time about what kind of ruler he will be after the queen's quiet and well-liked rule.

With millions of dollars, the new king was born. His supporters say that he has worked harder than any other royal. He is said to have been a

tireless advocate for charitable causes and a conservationist long before it was cool to do so.