KING Charles followed his mother’s footsteps by becoming the reigning British monarch in September 2022.
Here’s what we know about his era as king and what it is known as.
Why is King Charles III reign called ‘the Carolean era’?
The word Carolean comes from the name Charles.
The name of the era under the present Monarch is normally derived from their first name.
For example, Queen Elizabeth II became Queen in 1952 marking the beginning of the Elizabethan era.
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Before her era was the Georgian era named after her father King George IV when he became King.
Then, before that, King Edward VIII reign was known as the Edwardian era.
The Carolean era is no different for King Charles.
What does Carolean mean?
The word Carolean was first used during the reign of King Charles II in the 1600s.
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The first King Charles reigned between 1625 to 1649 and his reign was known as the Caroline era.
After the first King Charles of the 1600s, the name was changed from Caroline to Carolean after the Latin word for Charles, Carolus.
It is because of the passing down of his name that we refer to King Charles III reign as the Carolean era.
What was Queen Elizabeth II’s reign called?
Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year reign was known as the New Elizabethan Age.
The new Elizabethan era came to an end after 70 years when the Queen passed on Thursday, September 8, 2022.
What will be different about King Charles III reign?
The Queen’s royal cypher will also change, familiarly known by the characteristic ER signage, which stands for Elizabeth Regina.
Regina means Queen in Latin.
King Charles will use the cypher CIIIR, standing for Charles III Rex.
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Rex means king in Latin.
The national anthem has also undergone the official name alteration, from “God Save The Queen” to “God Save The King”.