Death of the Queen: What will the reign of King Charles III be called?

Prince Charles sits next to the Queen's crown

King Charles III will now ascend the throne (Photo: AP Photo / Alastair Grant / Pool / File)

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at the age of 96, surrounded by her family in Balmoral Castle.

After a historic reign of 70 years, her death was announced by Buckingham Palace as mourners gathered outside to pay their respects.

The new King Charles, whose title of King Charles III was confirmed by Clarence House, said in his maiden speech as monarch that “the death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness.”

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the rich and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” he continued.

But as we say goodbye to the Elizabethan era, what about the reign of King Charles known as?

What will the reign of King Charles be called?

The reigns of Charles I from 1625 to 1649 and of Charles II from 1660 to 1685 were called the Carolean eras.


Queen Elizabeth II dead: important details

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died at the age of 96, surrounded by her family at her home in Balmoral, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales

Queen Elizabeth II’s death was announced yesterday by Buckingham Palace (Picture: PA)

The name comes from the Latin name for Charles, Carolus.

While it makes sense that the reign of King Charles III is also known as the Carolean era, it may not be quite so simple.

Queen Elizabeth II broke with tradition when she chose to rule under her first name.

Her father, King George VI, was actually named Albert, a nod to his great-grandfather, Queen Victoria’s husband.

His reign was known as the Georgian era, which could also be the name of King Charles III’s era if he adheres to royal protocol.

However, others have speculated that, as in the case of the Tudor period, this era will be known as the Windsor era, marked from Charles V.

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