Prince Charles was not one to follow tradition – known for his controversial marriage to Lady Diana, he was the first heir to the throne granted a divorce. He was also the first heir to attend university – Cambridge in 1967. He was a polo player, an established painter and cellist, once conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. 

The first 20th century royal baby born at Buckingham Palace, the first who was not home-schooled, and now the third Monarch of England with the name Charles, the world has let go of Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign and welcomes a new king. IMAGO’s archives look back at some unique moments and timestamps that define his legacy. 

See IMAGO’s curated collections on Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III from our Picture Desk. 

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IMAGO / Zuma/Keystone.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/Keystone.
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IMAGO / United Archives International.
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IMAGO / United Archives International.
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IMAGO / Zuma/Keystone.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/Keystone.
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IMAGO / United Archives.
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IMAGO / Zuma/Keystone.
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IMAGO / United Archives International.
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IMAGO / United Archives International.
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IMAGO / Zuma/Keystone.
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IMAGO / United Archives International.
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IMAGO / United Archives International.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire.
imago images/PA Images
IMAGO / PA Images.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire.
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IMAGO / Zuma Press.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/Keystone.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/Keystone.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire.
imago/Photoshot/John Shelley Collection
IMAGO / Photoshot/John Shelley Collection.