See the hobbies of the new King Charles III

See the hobbies of the new King Charles III
See the hobbies of the new King Charles III

From watercolors to Transylvania, Charles had a variety of passions that filled his seven decades waiting to take the throne. Although his environmental advocacy was once derided, he is now considered progressive, and his tendency to express his personal views sometimes raises eyebrows, writes BTA.

Architecture

In the 1980s, Charles spoke out against what he considered “ugly” modern architecture, even comparing the proposed extension of the National Gallery to London’s Trafalgar Square, which he eventually abandoned, to a “monstrous wart”.

In the early 1990s, he implemented his ideas by supporting the construction of a model village called Poundbury on his own land in Dorset, South West England.

Built in the neoclassical King George style, the project is considered by some critics to be “soulless”, but it is attracting the interest of buyers.

Charles is also helping to revitalize a once poor mining area in Cornwall with colorful, eco-friendly housing and local amenities.

Ecology and organic agriculture

A long-time conservationist, Charles has established an all-organic garden and farm at his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, West England.

It also launched the Duchy Originals organic food and drink range, which is sold in a well-known premium supermarket chain.

A keen gardener, Charles revealed in an interview in 1986 that he talked to plants, drawing ridicule. Over the years, however, his views on the environment became more and more widespread.

At the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November 2021, he called on politicians to redouble their efforts to combat global warming.

The Aston Martin, which Charles has owned for more than 50 years, has been modified to run on surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese-making process. The vehicle runs on a blend of 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline.

Hunting and polo

His commitment to environmental causes does not prevent Charles from hunting, a traditional activity in the royal family.

He also played polo until 2015 when he gave it up due to a series of injuries.

Charles is said to have met his second wife Camilla during a polo match in the 1970s.

Drawing and reading

Charles likes to paint watercolors and sells lithographs of his work for charity – sales that bring him millions of pounds.

At an exhibition of his watercolors in London in early 2022, he explained that he chose this mode of expression because he found photography “unsatisfying”: “It requires the most intense concentration and is therefore one of the most relaxing and therapeutic exercise,” says Charles, adding that it “takes you to another dimension.”

He also says he has “no illusions” about the quality of his work.

Charles is the author of several books, including the children’s book The Old Man of Lochnagar, about an old man who lives in a cave near the royal estate of Balmoral in north-east Scotland.

Transylvania

Charles bought several houses in Transylvania, a region in western and central Romania best known as the birthplace of Dracula.

He restored them using traditional methods and furniture. One of them has been converted into a guest house.

In 2015, he founded his charitable foundation in Romania, which aims to protect the country’s cultural and natural heritage and promote sustainable development.

Charles boasts that he is a distant relative of the 15th-century prince known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula and, in his own words, has “Transylvania in his blood”.


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