King Charles III Coronation

King Charles III

King Charles III – the man of the hour! Let’s face it - a lot is known about his love life but who actually is he as a man? On Thursday 8th September 2022, he ascended to the throne instantly and quietly after the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II. His Royal Highness serves with his wife by his side – Camilla, the Queen Consort.

Early Life

King Charles III was born on November 14th 1948, at Buckingham Palace. He is the eldest child of the late Queen Elizabeth II and her late husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As a child, young Prince Charles was described, by those who were close to him, as a sensitive and shy child. Years later, the now King said that he often felt lonely at boarding school and resented the amount of time his parents spent on their commitments overseas. He attributed a lot of this distress to his shyness but agreed he is also reserved by nature.

Education and Career

Having boarded at the prestigious Gordonstoun School in Elgin, Scotland, the former Prince later attended Trinity College in Cambridge. He was actually the first heir to the British crown to be awarded a bachelor’s degree in 1970. 

His mother also requested that in preparation for his investiture as the Prince of Wales, he should spend a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth to learn Welsh. He dutifully obliged.

Later in his youth, His Majesty attended the Royal Air Force College – and reports say that he became an excellent pilot. 

Heirs and Family Life 

On 29th July 1981, the then Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Lady Diana became ‘Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales’ and there was worldwide jubilation and immense excitement about the popular newly-weds. Charles and Diana had two sons together: Prince William born on 21st June 1982 and Prince Harry born on 15th September 1984. Following the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William automatically became the next heir to the throne after the accession of his father, the King.

For a long time, the then Prince and Princess of Wales were a hugely popular couple. They carried out various overseas tours and attended numerous official engagements together. Often, they would be met with massive, adoring crowds. Hopes were high for the couple to enjoy a long and happy marriage – sadly however, it was not meant to be and their separation plans were announced in 1992. 

Despite much speculation, in the mid-2000s, it was announced by Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness would marry his lifelong friend, Camilla Parker Bowles. The ceremony took place on 9th April 2005 at the Guildhall in Windsor. After taking their vows, Mrs Parker Bowles was granted the title Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

Passion Projects

Since 1985, the King has actually been operating a working farm, namely ‘Home Farm’, from his 900-acre retreat ‘Highgrove’ in Gloucestershire. The former Prince describes the farm as ‘haven for wildlife’ and it supplies organic produce to a large well-known supermarket. King Charles III has often spoken out about his views on climate change and biodiversity loss. One of his more famous quotes is,

“On an increasingly crowded planet, humanity faces many threats - but none is greater than climate change. It magnifies every hazard and tension of our existence.” 

The Monarch has also attended and spoken at numerous environmental conferences and forums. This desire to help the planet is something that he shares with his son and heir, Prince William. Apparently, the King hopes to make ‘Planet Care’ a central part of his reign as sovereign.

As well as caring for the environment, His Majesty established the ‘The Prince’s Trust’ in 1976 when he was still The Prince of Wales. The charitable organisation’s ethos is to support vulnerable children and young people by helping them to achieve qualifications. The charity also gives guidance on how to obtain long-term employment.

A New Royal Era

The now King Charles III was very close to his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II. He often called her his ‘Dear Mama’ (pronounced Mar-Mah) and he now has to follow in the footsteps of her formidable legacy. He has reportedly said that he endeavours to acquire some of the same love and respect that the late Queen commanded effortlessly for decades. This destiny has awaited him since birth and he seems keen to set in motion the commencement of the next generation of royal roles. In his first official address as Sovereign, he confirmed that the much-loved Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would become the new Prince and Princess of Wales. This action has been extremely well-received already by royalists in the UK. We wish you the best of luck in your new role, Your Royal Highness. Rule Britannia, as they say! Three cheers for the new King!

A quick timeline summary:

1948 - King Charles III is born and at the time, his title is Prince Charles 

1952 - Prince Charles’s mother becomes Queen and he becomes the heir to the throne

1958 - Queen Elizabeth II changes his title to The Prince of Wales 

1962 - The Prince begins his first term at Gordonstoun School in Scotland 

1969 - The Prince spends a term at The University College of Wales to learn Welsh

1970 - The Prince is awarded a university degree 

1971 - The Prince commences his career in the Royal Navy 

1981 - The Prince weds Lady Diana Spencer 

1982 - Prince Charles’ son, Prince William is born 

1984 – His second son is born – Prince Harry

1992 - Prince Charles and Princess Diana sadly announce their separation 

2005 - The Prince marries Camilla Parker Bowles 

2022 – Prince Charles becomes King Charles III after the passing of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II

2023 – King Charles III receives his Coronation

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The Benefits of Sheepskin

Why are sheepskins good for your health?

Sheepskin has many natural health benefits for people of all ages. Because sheepskin is so incredibly soft, it is extremely effective at relieving aches and pains. The naturally crimped, woollen hairs of sheepskin provide a cushioning effect for your body. Research has shown that because each fibre contains a three-dimensional, crimped curl, it almost behaves like a tiny spring. This springy nature of sheepskin fibres on mass acts like a supportive mattress for your entire body. Sheepskin helps to absorb the weight of your body in an even distribution too. It is therefore advantageous for people who suffer with joint problems by providing support for pressure points and achy limbs.

Do sheepskins keep your Baby cool?

One of the most amazing natural properties of sheepskin is body temperature-regulation. Many people know that the wool fibres in sheepskin help to increase heat when it is too cold, thus keeping you warm. Additionally, though, sheepskin helps to reduce heat when it is too hot. This is particularly beneficial for new-born babies, especially those born prematurely or with a low birth weight. Babies are unable to regulate their own temperature – particularly in warm environments. The natural woollen fibres of sheepskin promote air circulation, insulate against heat and wick away moisture from the skin. These qualities found in sheepskin help to keep babies cool in the summer and warm in the winter from head to toe. Scientists also believe that the temperature-regulating properties of sheepskin can help to promote better blood circulation. This is particularly beneficial when adults are lay or sat down because sheepskin helps to keep their bodies at the right temperature. Isn’t it incredible what those natural fibres can do?

Is sheepskin good for the skin?

Sheepskin is renowned for being kind to the skin because it is amazingly, bacteria-repellent, and liquid, dirt, and stain-resistant. Its fleece is naturally resistant to the growth of dust mites, mould, odour and bed-bugs. The natural wicking properties of this amazing natural textile mean that it can draw moisture away from the skin. By keeping a dry environment, bacteria are less likely to thrive. The breathable nature of sheepskin allows air to circulate, once again, reducing the chances of hot and clammy conditions that pesky bacteria love. Moreover, sheepskin is hypo-allergenic and has been found to soothe skin. It contains a natural substance called lanolin which is an effective treatment for dry, itchy skin. Sheepskin is ideal for sensitive skin because it can help to soothe and de-sensitise skin rashes and skin conditions, for example, eczema, psoriasis and cellulitis. In this way, natural sheepskin is medically magical and perfect for precious young skin and beyond. Please see our section on sheepskin care tips too to find out how you can also regularly wash your sheepskin to keep it clean and in excellent condition. It is also worthy to note that we do not use any harsh dyes or chemicals on our products too during the tanning process.

Maintenance of Sheepskins

How to care for, wash & clean your Baby's sheepskin

Soft Brush Cleaning

Sheepskin products are satisfyingly easy to care for. Being naturally dirt and stain resistant, they are very low maintenance and do not require regular cleaning. This is perfect for life’s fast pace! If you do start to notice your sheepskin getting a little dirty, first and foremost, all you need to do is give it a brush with a soft brush. A quick brush and a shake will restore your sheepskin to its full and fluffy appearance. By combing the sheepskin, air gets back into its natural fibres and brings it back to full lustre again.

Spot Cleaning

If your sheepskin product becomes lightly soiled over time, it can be spot cleaned using a damp, clean cloth.

Heavier Soiling

If your beloved woolen product becomes soiled more heavily, you can either hand wash or machine wash the item at no more than 30 degrees Celsius on a gentle ‘wool’ cycle. We strongly recommend using a sheepskin detergent in your washing machine. This is essential so that the leather backing does not harden. The sheepskin detergent we recommend using is called ‘Woolskin Woolwash & Shampoo for Sheepskin, Lambskin, Shearling, Fleece & Woollens (500ml)’ and can be found on Amazon.

The detergents that are found in normal washing powders or pods, will attack the suede making the skin brittle. These harsher detergents can even discolour fleeces and possibly lead to disintegration.

A specialist wool detergent will keep the skin supple, yet it will very effectively gently clean the sheepskin – seeing off any dust mites, pet allergens or mould spores.

Drying

Sheepskin products should be dried in an airy place but must be put out of direct sunlight. If you wish to dry your sheepskin in a tumble dryer, this can be done on a low heat setting. It is essential however that you do not dry your item on a radiator or heater. Remember to shake, lightly brush and stretch out your sheepskin after it has dried.

To Note

It is worthy to note that sheepskin is a natural product and therefore some discolouration can occur during the washing process. This can equally occur if the product is left in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

When you first receive your sheepskin, you may notice a distinctive lanolin smell. This is due to natural oils that exist within sheepskin. This natural odour can be intensified after the products have spent long periods confined in packaging. This is completely normal and simply airing the item after unpacking should quickly reduce any residual natural fragrances.