Enchanting childhood photos show King Charles III's early love of photography

Queen Elizabeth and her son Charles playing with a camera in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland.
(Image credit: Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

He's already one of the most photographed people in British history. And as King Charles III prepares to be crowned in Saturday's coronation, an army of news photographers will be jostling to take his picture once more, not to mention the tens of thousands lining the streets, cameras in hand. 

But it all could have been so different. Had his great-uncle King Edward VIII not abdicated, making his grandfather king and placing him directly in line to the throne, Charles would have led a very different life as a less important Royal. 

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.

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