You may have wondered how Catherine, Princess of Wales came to be a style icon. Or how Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had the conviction to step back from the royal family. Or how King Charles III had the patience to wait so long as an heir to the throne. But for some people, the answers to all these questions — and more — are literally written in the stars. They say if you study the birth charts of the British royal family, you'll be able to see how all of these things were inevitable. So come with us as we take dive into the astrological signs of the world's most famous family.
What we're looking for
Astrology is not a hard science, and the terminology used by many astrologers can be confusing to the uninitiated. Before we start throwing all sorts of unfamiliar words at you, then, here is a super-quick rundown of the phrases you'll be hearing a lot. The ones you probably know already are the 12 signs of the Zodiac: Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, etc. But there are a couple of other facts to consider, too.
Birth charts 101
Astrologers also look at the placement of the Sun, the Moon, and the planets at your exact time of birth. Their interpretation of each of these elements on your "birth chart" will determine what they think your inevitable personality characteristics will be. That's why, astrologers say, even people with the same star sign will have different personalities. So what do the heavens tell us about the royals?
King Charles III
Star sign: Scorpio
Birth date: November 14, 1948
Birth time: 9:14 p.m.
The countries under King Charles III's rule could perhaps be comforted by Charles' birth chart. His Sun, Moon, and rising signs are Scorpio, Taurus, and Leo, respectively. These three signs are described as "fixed" and suggest to astrologers that he is a man of great stability. It's not too much of a stretch, then, to extrapolate that he will look to bring some order to his territories during his reign.
Charles' Moon sign is Taurus: astrologers have been quick to point out that this links to his mother's birth chart. No spoilers, but Queen Elizabeth II was a Taurus Sun. And the way Charles' Moon and the former Queen's Sun line up is "as rare as it is amazing," according to astrologer Shelley von Strunckel. It suggests that Charles had a unique bond with his mother — and we can see from their years of service together that this had to have been the case.