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King Charles Named His 'Happy Place' after Grandchild Who Came up with Touching Nickname for Grandpa

Olawale Ogunjimi
Sep 14, 2022
08:00 P.M.
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King Charles III has accomplished a lot as a senior member of the Royal Family, but being a grandfather remains one of his most prized achievements. The monarch cares for his grandkids and even named his garden after one of them. Here's a look at His Majesty's relationship with his grandkids, who call him a special nickname.

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King Charles III, the King of England, is undoubtedly one of the busiest Royal Family members. But no matter how busy his schedule is, the 73-year-old always makes time for his grandkids.

Even before they were born, King Charles had always looked forward to becoming a grandfather, which he considered very important. This is because the King of England barely had any relationship with his grandparents.

King Charles attends a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day at Westminster Abbey on May 10, 2015, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles attends a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day at Westminster Abbey on May 10, 2015, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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King Charles' maternal grandfather, King George VI, died when he was only a toddler in 1952, while his paternal grandfather, Prince Andrea of Greece, died even before he was born.

As a result, King Charles did not have memories of his grandparents and did not want the same for his grandchildren.

King Charles is seen with a present for his grandson Prince George of Cambridge during a visit to The Whitstable Oyster Festival on July 29, 2013, at Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable, Kent. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles is seen with a present for his grandson Prince George of Cambridge during a visit to The Whitstable Oyster Festival on July 29, 2013, at Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable, Kent. | Source: Getty Images

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To him, grandparents being around encouraging their grandchildren and showing them things to take into their interest was great.

King Charles' Thoughts on Being a Grandfather

On December 3, 2012, Prince William and Kate Middleton made the headlines when they announced that they were expecting their first child and royal heir. The public was thrilled about the good news, but it was nothing compared to King Charles' excitement.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Three days later, the King of England opened up about finally becoming a grandfather during the launch of the 2012 Antarctic Winter Crossing Expedition in London.

He told reporters that the thought of welcoming a grandchild in his old age was "nice," adding that it was "marvelous," and he was "thrilled."

King Charles III arriving to see Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and their newborn son at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III arriving to see Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and their newborn son at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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A few months after King Charles' confession, the Prince and Princess of Wales welcomed their first child, Prince George, at St Mary's Hospital, London.

Shortly after the baby's arrival, the monarch and his wife visited the newborn and his parents at the hospital. A YouTube video on The Royal Family Channel captured King Charles and the Queen Consort leaving the hospital wearing big smiles. Indeed, it was a memorable time for the Royal Family, and the public made sure to share in their joy.

King Charles III and Princess Diana sitting on a bench for a photocall with their son, Prince William (age approximately 18 months), in their garden at Kensington Palace. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Princess Diana sitting on a bench for a photocall with their son, Prince William (age approximately 18 months), in their garden at Kensington Palace. | Source: Getty Images

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Another clip shared on YouTube showed King Charles and the Queen consort exchanging pleasantries with several people who offered congratulatory words. From the look on the monarch's face, he was overwhelmed with happiness.

Following Prince George's birth, it became a priority for King Charles to do better, to prevent handing down a dysfunctional world to his grandchildren, especially George, the royal heir.

An image showing the beauty of King Charles' garden. | Source: YouTube/BBC News

An image showing the beauty of King Charles' garden. | Source: YouTube/BBC News

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The monarch had always thought about George's future before he was born, but it became more critical for King Charles after his arrival.

The constant thoughts about his grandson's future prove King Charles' love for Prince George. The monarch proved his love again by naming the gardens of his Highgrove house, which is his happy place, after his first grandson.

An image showing the beauty of King Charles' garden. | Source: YouTube/BBC News

An image showing the beauty of King Charles' garden. | Source: YouTube/BBC News

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King Charles noted that the beautiful garden was once an empty field, but as a nature lover, he decided to plant trees and flowers on it on the day Prince George was born, hence the name Prince George's Wood or Prince George's Garden.

King Charles' Bond with Prince George

First birthdays are a huge celebration with many amazing gifts; for Prince George, it was not any different. When the young prince clocked one in 2014, he received a very impressive present from King Charles. According to a report from the Mirror, the expensive gift was a Wendy playhouse worth £18,000.

Installed at the King's residence in Highgrove, the playhouse is furnished with a stove and a small bed and is big enough to fit George and his siblings.

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Prince George of Cambridge attends a Plunket Play Group at Government House on April 9, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. | Source: Getty Images

Prince George of Cambridge attends a Plunket Play Group at Government House on April 9, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. | Source: Getty Images

The playhouse was built by Plankbridge and gifted to George as a show of gratitude to King Charles for the constant support they had enjoyed from him.

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Hearing his grandchildren call him "Grandpa Wales," an echo of Queen Elizabeth's relationship with her granddad King George V, whom she called "Grandpa England," was delightful.

One year later, for George's second birthday, the doting grandpa transformed a part of Prince George's Garden into a playground for little royals.

King Charles III with Prince William and Prince George of Cambridge during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 13, 2015, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III with Prince William and Prince George of Cambridge during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 13, 2015, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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According to a royal source, before the transformation, the King of England had a picnic with George in the garden, complete with plastic cups.

King Charles showed his grandson around the garden and the Wendy house he gifted George for his first birthday. A few years later, reports revealed that George had become a regular at the garden.

Prince Harry, King Charles III, and Prince William arrive at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference at Lancaster House on February 13, 2014, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, King Charles III, and Prince William arrive at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference at Lancaster House on February 13, 2014, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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The young prince had followed in his grandfather's gardening footsteps. According to King Charles, George helped him to plant a tree or two in the garden.

King Charles' Relationship with His Grandkids

George had grown quickly a few years after his birth. By 2017, the young prince became a first grader, and his proud grandfather made sure to be present on that important day. During an interview that day, King Charles was asked if he gave George any advice, and he jokingly replied:

"Of course not. He wouldn't take it from me, I don't think, at that age."

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Prince George of Cambridge departing Victoria, Canada on October 1, 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Prince George of Cambridge departing Victoria, Canada on October 1, 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Soon after George started school, the young prince became a big brother for the second time, following the birth of his younger brother and his parents' third child, Prince Louis.

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With Louis' arrival, King Charles became a grandfather of three and became more settled. Though he had bedlams whenever the trio was around, it was worth it.

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Hearing his grandchildren call him "Grandpa Wales," an echo of Queen Elizabeth's relationship with her granddad King George V, whom she called "Grandpa England," was delightful.

A few years later, things might no longer be how they used to be. King Charles is now the reigning monarch following his mother's death on September 8, 2022.

This means he will take up new responsibilities and will not have much time to give attention to what he truly cares about, including his environmental activities and charities.

However, he is optimistic that the important tasks will go on in the trusted hands of others. As King Charles said before, he hopes George will follow in his footsteps and continue with his work with nature, as he has a lot of experience.

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