King Charles III of the United Kingdom has reached a milestone that his great-uncle, Edward VIII, could never obtain: 70 years on the throne.
Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. He was the first British monarch to voluntarily give up the throne.
Charles III, on the other hand, has been on the throne since 2022. He is the longest-reigning British monarch since Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years and 7 months.
Charles III’s reign has been marked by a number of challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine. However, he has also overseen a period of economic growth and social progress.
In a speech marking his 70th year on the throne, Charles III said that he is committed to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. He also said that he is determined to make the monarchy a more modern and relevant institution.
“I am committed to serving you to the best of my ability, whether at home or overseas,” he said. “I will continue to work to uphold the values that have served our country so well for centuries.”
Charles III’s reign is likely to be a period of change for the monarchy. He is the first British monarch to be born after the Second World War, and he has a different perspective on the role of the monarchy than his predecessors.
It remains to be seen how Charles III will navigate the challenges of the 21st century. However, there is no doubt that he is a determined and committed monarch who is determined to serve the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.