King Charles officially made Ranger of Windsor Great Park - 70 years after his father took on role

King Charles officially made Ranger of Windsor Great Park - 70 years after his father took on role

A new picture of King Charles has been released to mark the monarch officially becoming The Ranger of Windsor Great Park.

It comes 70 years after his father the Duke of Edinburgh was first appointed to the post.

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.

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.

Over the last 460 years, the post of Ranger has been held by the Sovereign and other family members, including The King’s father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Grandfather, King George VI.

The Band of the Household Cavalry perform Happy Birthday at the ceremony for the changing of the Buckingham Palace Guard in London, to mark the 74th birthday of King Charles II (PA)
The Band of the Household Cavalry perform Happy Birthday at the ceremony for the changing of the Buckingham Palace Guard in London, to mark the 74th birthday of King Charles II (PA)

Paul Sedgwick, The Crown Estate’s Managing Director, Rural and Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park, said: “We are honoured to have His Majesty as Ranger of Windsor Great Park, continuing a long tradition of the Sovereign and members of the Royal Family holding this role.

HM King Charles III - In pictures

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Prince Charles Prince Of Wales 60th Birthday Portrait (Getty Images)
Prince Charles Prince Of Wales 60th Birthday Portrait (Getty Images)
King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace (PA)
King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace (PA)
The fair-haired and blue-eyed infant Prince was 19 weeks old when photographed and weighed 16lb 2oz. (PA )
The fair-haired and blue-eyed infant Prince was 19 weeks old when photographed and weighed 16lb 2oz. (PA )
Princess Diana, her sons Harry and William, and Prince Charles watch the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day (AFP/Getty Images)
Princess Diana, her sons Harry and William, and Prince Charles watch the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day (AFP/Getty Images)
1949: Childhood portrait of the baby Prince Charles in his basket, at Buckingham Palace, London (Getty Images)
1949: Childhood portrait of the baby Prince Charles in his basket, at Buckingham Palace, London (Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth holding Prince Charles in his Christening gown with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh behind. (PA)
Princess Elizabeth holding Prince Charles in his Christening gown with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh behind. (PA)
Prince Charles, later The Prince of Wales, perched on the lap of his father the Duke of Edinburgh, whilst his mother Queen Elizabeth II looks on in the grounds of Windlesham Moor, country home in Surrey of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke. (PA )
Prince Charles, later The Prince of Wales, perched on the lap of his father the Duke of Edinburgh, whilst his mother Queen Elizabeth II looks on in the grounds of Windlesham Moor, country home in Surrey of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke. (PA )
1951: Portrait of the prince taken before his third birthday (PA )
1951: Portrait of the prince taken before his third birthday (PA )
The first pictures of the King after his severe lung operation. They were accompanied by Prince Charles and his baby sister, Princess Anne on his 3rd birthday visit to Buckingham Palace. (PA )
The first pictures of the King after his severe lung operation. They were accompanied by Prince Charles and his baby sister, Princess Anne on his 3rd birthday visit to Buckingham Palace. (PA )
The Prince of Wales with his father, the Duke of Edinburgh during a motorboat race up the river Medina at Cowes, Isle of Wight. (PA )
The Prince of Wales with his father, the Duke of Edinburgh during a motorboat race up the river Medina at Cowes, Isle of Wight. (PA )

“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.”

Windsor Great Park is a very popular destination for visitors with over five million people visiting each year. It’s free to enter and open all year-round. It is home to magnificent horticultural displays, woodland shores, historic features, wildflowers and deer.