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The Dubious History of the Name 'King Charles'

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 9/10/2022 9:36:24 AM

King Charles III, who ascended to the throne on Thursday, has chosen to rule with the name he was given at birth. But as a British king it comes with baggage. Charles I, born in 1600, endured a stormy reign that ended with his execution 49 years later. In between, he provoked a civil war and erased the notion of an all-powerful monarchy—or indeed, of any monarchy at all for the 11 years after his beheading outside Banqueting House in London. Charles II, his son, chose to lay low on the European continent for what came to be known


King Charles I ended up with his head on a platter. The second Charles was the 'randy king' with more than a few courtesans.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40 9/10/2022 10:08:41 AM (No. 1273678)
Wags are already going with Charles the T*rd.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: marbles 9/10/2022 10:13:49 AM (No. 1273684)
For me " King Charles " will forever be ,.......The Spaniel.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read 9/10/2022 10:19:17 AM (No. 1273695)
Charles II was known to his courtiers as "Old Rowley" who was the stud stallion at the palace horse farm. Charles II had at least 12 children out of wedlock but none by his wife.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Moritz55 9/10/2022 10:20:07 AM (No. 1273696)
For the sake of the Brits, I hope “third time’s the charm.“
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Reply 5 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 9/10/2022 10:45:30 AM (No. 1273730)
Alright, fine, Elizabeth was admirable in many ways and an inspiration to generations of Brits. She's dead. King Charles is a spoiled, rich, progressive twit who is about as inspirational and meaningful as an expensive, plastic tiara.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bad-hair 9/10/2022 11:20:15 AM (No. 1273760)
Not the Least or maybe.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: bad-hair 9/10/2022 11:24:00 AM (No. 1273765)
PS ... the ROYALS you hear about are the ones wearing the crown. The others, Harry and Meg for example are far less interesting silly people described by Monty Python as upper class twits.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ditto1958 9/10/2022 11:46:08 AM (No. 1273787)
Hmmm… should have chosen to be George VII I think
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Reply 9 - Posted by: FLCracker 9/10/2022 12:10:14 PM (No. 1273811)
#8, After being called "Charles" for 73 years, Charles probably figured the heck with it. Not to mention, it IS the name his parents chose for him. You know they knew the history that "Time" is quoting and chose it, anyway. (Time should now do an article on how King Charles II and his brother, James, Duke of York, responded to the Great Fire of London, how Charles was actively involved in the Civil War from at least 15 until he sought exile at 19 after his father's beheading, and that besides the ladies, Charles II loved Science, was himself a chemist and actively supported all the new scientific endeavors of his time.) And if Charles did change it to "George" and and didn't respond to the new name, everybody would accuse him of senility.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: paral04 9/10/2022 12:35:55 PM (No. 1273831)
You can say what you want about Charles III, but he served in the military. How long ago was our last president who served in the military?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: stablemoney 9/10/2022 12:45:51 PM (No. 1273839)
Charles made his first good decision by not listening to the wags, keeping the name everyone knows him by, and the one given by his parents.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: LoneVoice 9/10/2022 1:01:25 PM (No. 1273851)
I think he should be called King Chuckles the First Glorious Clown King Master of Nothing, Ruler of Nothing
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Reply 13 - Posted by: TLCary 9/10/2022 1:05:34 PM (No. 1273858)
#10 First Lieutenant George W. Bush, 2009 Charles once said he wanted to be a tampon and he has unchallenged authority to take any royal name he wants. Let's look on the bright side that we don't have King Tampon the First.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: udanja99 9/10/2022 1:25:23 PM (No. 1273878)
#9, his parents gave him four names - Charles Phillip Arthur George. It would have been nice if he had chosen George VII in honor of his mother and her father.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: ChattyCatsSusan 9/10/2022 3:26:25 PM (No. 1273929)
Charles should use either Arthur or Philip as his monarchal name. Given how spooked they get about bad vibes from their history, Charles is a name that should be avoided. #2 cracks me up.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird 9/10/2022 3:48:13 PM (No. 1273943)
In his spare time he could do voicce recordings to help the insomniacs. He has made boring an art form.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs 9/10/2022 4:46:24 PM (No. 1273972)
Speaking of dubious first names : how ‘bout them “Karl’s”?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/10/2022 8:03:43 PM (No. 1274079)
That was the first thing I thought of too. He should have picked King "Chuck", or something like that.
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