Why Prince Charles might not actually be called King Charles III

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Although Prince Charles is first in line to the throne following the passing of his mother, the Queen, Prince Charles might not be called King Charles III.

Prince Charles could be known as King Philip, King Arthur or King George when he takes to the throne.

According to former Buckingham Palace spokesperson and author of On Duty with the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, it's not unusual for royals to take another name on succession to the throne.

She told Hello, "He might choose one of his other names Philip, Arthur or George."

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While the Queen's father's Christian name was Albert, he chose to go by King George VI.

It comes after Prince Charles announced he will not be renewing the lease on his organic Home Farm as he prepares to become King.

The Prince of Wales has held a lease on his organic Home Farm – a 1000 acre plot near his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire for 35 years but now cannot commit to a new 20-year lease.

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The lease is due to be renewed in Spring 2021, but Charles, 71, could become King at some stage in the next twenty years and will not have as much time to devote to the farm when he takes over the role.

A Clarence House spokesman told PA, “The Prince of Wales will not be renewing his lease on Home Farm but will continue to farm organically at Sandringham.”

The heir to the throne has always been passionate about the advantages of organic farming and in 1985 he converted the Duchy Home Farm into a “completely organic farming system”.

The farm went on to supply his luxury Waitrose Duchy Organic brand which serves supermarkets, Waitrose and Ocado.

While it has been confirmed that Charles will not renew the lease, the change of hands will not affect the production of the products, which are expected to be produced by the next leaseholder.

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."