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New Role For King Charles on His 74th Birthday

Town and Country 12/12/2022 Victoria Murphy
The position was previously held by Prince Philip until his death in 2021. © Chris Jackson The position was previously held by Prince Philip until his death in 2021.

The age of 74 might not be a milestone age for most, but for King Charles it holds the distinction of being his first birthday as monarch. And to mark the occasion Buckingham Palace has announced that he has taken on a new role as the Ranger of Windsor Great Park.

A photograph of Charles next to an ancient oak tree in the park was released by the Palace to accompany the announcement. In taking on the role he will follow in the footsteps of his father Prince Philip, who held the position from 1952 when the Queen came to the throne to his death in 2021. Before that, the post was held by King George VI.

“The Ranger of The Great Park offers oversight and guidance to the Deputy Ranger and his team in the day-to-day stewardship of one of the country’s oldest landed estates,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The role at Windsor can trace its roots back to 1559 when Sir Henry Neville was appointed Ranger in the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I.”

The King is spending his birthday privately with no public engagements in his diary. The day is being marked publicly with gun salutes and flags being flown from government buildings. The Union Jack was flying from Buckingham Palace today, showing the King was not in residence, as crowds gathered to watch the Changing the Guard ceremony.

The 15,800-acre Windsor Estate is managed by The Crown Estate and encompasses Windsor Great Park and Home Park including the famous Long Walk to Windsor Castle. The Great Park is home to horticultural displays, woodland, wildflowers and deer. Members of the royal family frequently ride their horses in the park.

Paul Sedgwick, The Crown Estate’s Managing Director, Rural and Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park, said they were “honoured” that King Charles was “continuing a long tradition of the sovereign and members of the royal family holding this role.” “Windsor has a wonderful heritage with many precious natural habitats. His Majesty’s passion and commitment to the natural world will be invaluable as we seek to become a centre of excellence for environmental best practice, preserving and enhancing the Great Park for generations to come," he said.

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