Reason King Charles reign is called Carolean era and what it means

When King Charles assumed the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, many changes occurred.

One in particular, was the end of the second Elizabethan era which ended on 8 September after 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

The dawn of King Charles’ reign was touched upon by Prime Minister Liz Truss in the House of Commons. She said: “We owe him our loyalty and devotion.

“The British people, the Commonwealth and all of us in this House will support him as he takes our country forward to a new era of hope and progress. Our new Carolean age.”

The name of the era, Carolean refers to the name Charles, as Elizabethan referred to the name Elizabeth.

The word Carolean was first used almost 400 years ago to refer to the reign of King Charles II in the 1600’s, during the first Carolean era.

Charles II was King of Scotland from 1649 until 1651, and King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1660 until his death in 1685. He ascended the throne following the execution of his father, King Charles I, in 1649.

Charles I reigned from 1625 to 1649, in what was known as the Caroline era. The name Caroline came from the word Carolus, the Latin for Charles.


It is the passing down of this name which is why we now refer to the new era as the Carolean age.

At the age of 73, King Charles III has become the oldest British monarch to ascend the throne after spending 70 years as heir to his mother.

The new Carolean age will end when Charles passes the throne to the next in line, who is currently his son and heir, William.

King Charles’ reign will also see a change in money, passports and the words of the national anthem.

All coins and banknotes currently in circulation feature Elizabeth II and while these will remain legal tender, new ones with the King's face will be designed.

While Elizabeth II faces to the right on money, coins featuring the new King will show him facing to the left as it has been a long-standing tradition to alternate the way successive monarchs are facing.

While the words to the National Anthem have automatically changed to “God save our gracious King” with substitutions of “him” and “he”.

As the former Prince of Wales, King Charles no longer needs his own passport, but for the rest of the UK passports will be issued in his name.

Charles used to be referred to as His Royal Highness but will now be known as His Majesty.

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