Charles III celebrated his 74th Birthday on Monday, 14 November 2022 – the first since his accession in September.

King Charles III in Windsor Great Park. Photo: The Royal Family/Chris Jackson

Buckingham Palace released a new photo, taken by Chris Jackson, on the monarch’s birthday, to mark the occasion.

King Charles also officially became the Park Ranger of Windsor Great Park, 70 years after his father Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was appointed to the post.

Prince Philip was the longest-serving Ranger – holding the role from 1952 until his death in April 2021 – taking an active role in overseeing the reintroduction of Red Deer in the Deer Park in 1979, the development of the Savill Garden Visitor Centre and the Virginia Water Pavilion.

The Ranger offers oversight and guidance and guidance to the Deputy Ranger and his team in the day-to-day running of one of Britain’s oldest estates.

The role can be traced back to Elizabeth I’s reign when the Queen appointed Sir Henry Neville as Ranger in 1559.

During the past 460 years, the post is usually held by the monarch or family members including George VI, George V and Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert.

Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close friend of Queen Anne during the early 18th Century, has been the only woman appointed to the role.

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