King Charles III could be Britain’s first post-colonial monarch

May 06, 2023

© Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/Getty Images Prince Charles speaks as Barbados President Dame Sandra Mason looks on during the inauguration ceremony on Nov. 30, 2021, in Bridgetown, Barbados. When the Caribbean nation of Barbados finally ditched the British crown in November 2021, it had a royal guest in attendance. Prince Charles was at the ceremony that confirmed the country’s new incarnation as a parliamentary republic, 55 years after its independence from Britain. “It was thought by some that becoming king at age 73 would present Charles with potentially insuperable challenges,” wrote Matthew d’Ancona, editor at large at the New European. “Will the new King help build a more peaceful and inclusive Commonwealth?” asked Justin Vovk, a historian at McMaster University in Canada.