George VII not Charles's new title despite speculations – official title confirmed

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Following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and under the old common law rule ‘Rex nunquam moritur’, which translates as ‘The King never dies’, Prince Charles is automatically the new monarch.

Succession plans dictate that Charles will make his first public address as head of state on the evening after the Queen’s passing and will be officially proclaimed king at 11am the following day at St James’ Palace in London.

The new King could have chosen to rule under a different name, which many other Kings and Queens have done before.

Monarchs have the opportunity to take a regnal name when they ascend the throne. 

Some commentators speculated he would go by the name of King George, as his full name is Charles Philip Arthur George. 

His grandfather was King George VI and his great-grandfather was King George V.

However, the former Prince of Wales has chosen to reign under his birth name – like his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. 

When she was coronated in 1952, people asked her what her regnal name would be and she famously replied: “My own, of course.”

His Majesty has reportedly cited “negative connotations”, in the past, associated with King Charles I and King Charles II – leading some to believe he would take the title of King George VII instead. 

Charles I took the throne in 1625 and was later beheaded for treason on January 30, 1649, while Charles II was said to have had 14 illegitimate children. 

But following in his mother’s footsteps, Charles has kept his birth name, with new PM Liz Truss confirming His Majesty’s new title during a speech on Thursday.

Delivering the speech delivered from Downing Street, she confirmed he would be called “King Charles III”.

She said: “Today the Crown passes, as it has done for more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, his majesty King Charles III.”

The Prime Minister ended her speech saying: “Long Live the King”.

In a heartfelt message to the country, Ms Truss said: “Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which our country was built.

“Britain is the great country it is today because of her.

“She was the very spirit of Great Britain. That spirit will endure.”

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