We just stumbled across this photo of King Charles with a full beard and to be quite honest, we're digging it

If you haven’t seen King Charles with a full beard prepare to see a huge resemblance to Prince Harry with this throwback snap

King Charles with a full beard photo revealed. Here he's seen presenting the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
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We’ve stumbled across a photo of King Charles with a full beard and if we’re being totally honest, we’re digging this casual look. 

King Charles might be better known for having a smoothly-shaven face but it seems it wasn’t always the case! We’ve stumbled across a throwback photo of His Majesty said to have been taken back in the 1970s and he couldn’t look more dashing - or more like his youngest son Prince Harry. The surprising snap shows the then-Prince Charles wearing a smart, checked blazer with a matching flat cap, white shirt and trousers. 

His tie featured navy and maroon stripes and he looked every inch the country gentleman when he was, according to the caption, at the Badminton Horse Trials. There were also several more pictures of King Charles with a full beard riding at the trials there too. 

Prince Charles sporting a beard at the Badminton Horse Trials, UK, 1976

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This event still takes place in Gloucestershire every year, close by to King Charles’ Highgrove House. And perhaps the most startling thing about the throwback photo is King Charles with a full beard, which is something not seen for decades. The choice to keep a full beard here gives His Majesty an overall off-duty look and his resemblance to Prince Harry looks very pronounced when he sports facial hair. 

It’s not known whether the King still grows a beard in private during breaks throughout the year when there are no royal appearances scheduled for him. But in public, this is a very rare sight that we can’t help digging, though Prince Harry is now always seen with a beard.

King Charles with a full beard alongside Prince Harry

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The Duke of Sussex, who is fifth in the royal line of succession, has been pictured with a full beard since 2015. And according to The Telegraph, Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, which was released on January 10 made some pretty candid claims about beard-growing within the Royal Family. He alleged that he had to seek permission from the late Queen to keep his signature facial hair and that this caused tension between him and Prince William.

Writing that the Queen “understood” that having a beard apparently made him feel “calmer”, Prince Harry declared, “Yes, she said, you may keep your beard. But then I explained it to my brother and he... bristled?”

After claiming to have given the Prince of Wales a brief “history lesson”, showing him pictures of ancestors who served in the military and had beards, he suggested that his older brother “wouldn’t let it go”. 

Prince William and Prince Harry with beards

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Asking “Willy” why it mattered so much to him, the Duke of Sussex alleged that Prince William replied that it was because he wasn’t allowed to keep his own.

"Ah, there it was. After he'd come back from an assignment with Special Forces, Willy was sporting a full beard, and someone told him to be a good boy, run along and shave it,” the King’s youngest son added. “He hated the idea of me enjoying a perk he'd been denied."

Whilst fans might not see either Prince William or King Charles with a full beard in public again, the throwback photo of the monarch with one shows that now and then it was something he’s enjoyed over the years. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!