King Charles III has been named on Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people just weeks ahead of his coronation.
In a tribute written by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful, The King is lauded for his charitable work with The Prince’s Trust and his ability to blend the traditional aspects of monarchy with a modern touch that is relevant in today’s world. The King is listed as one of Time’s Icons on the list.
“[King Charles] could’ve let his privilege shield him from the realities of our hardship in a time when these were not a cause célèbre. But he always met us with an open mind and a listening ear,” Enninful writes, adding that The King “is not always who people expect him to be.”
Enninful also credits his passion for the environment as a major mark of his influence, but writes that it ultimately boils down to King Charles’s duty and dedication to his subjects that makes him an icon.
Enninful became a Global Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust in 2021
Time has presented an annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people since 2004. This year marks the first time The King has ever made the list. Queen Elizabeth II made the list in 2007.
The Princess of Wales has made the list three times, in 2011, 2012, and 2013, as the Duchess of Cambridge; while the Prince of Wales has been listed once in 2011.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jointly listed in 2018 and 2021.