The coronation weekend took place from May 6th to 8th, 2023, starting with the coronation in Westminster Abbey on May 6th. After Charles was officially crowned, there was a big concert, a celebratory meal and a holiday with many activities on the agenda. In short: it was all about King Charles III, who was celebrated by many prominent guests. But who is actually behind the title of king? Anyone who would like to find out more about Charles is well advised to read his biography “Charles III – With the Heart of a King”. It was published in 2015, has been repeatedly renewed and expanded and provides insights into the 74-year-old's eventful life.
Anyone who has not yet looked into Charles as a person in more detail will have perceived him as a mostly very professional person who appears more in the background. But the book paints the picture of a complex personality with many passions, driven by his past and the very clear philosophy of being active in the country. The book was written by best-selling author and award-winning journalist Catherine Mayer, who has been intensively involved in the world of the British royal family for decades. Interviews with his closest circle of friends, companions, employees and also with himself are included in the biography. Of course, there is also background information about his relationships with Lady Diana and Camilla.
As a reader you learn that King Charles III. is often insecure, part of a bizarre upbringing, hard but also gentle, influential but also empathetic. Already as a prince, Charles was much more than just the future king-in-waiting – the work explains this clearly. But also: that things are not always rosy in the royal family; that it is not an easy task to bear the title of king; and that even a king is just a person with ups and downs.
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