King Charles is on the long list to be Time’s Person of the Year alongside Volodymyr Zelensky and women protesters in Iran

  • Time’s Person of the Year accolade goes to most influential figure from the year
  • Public is asked to vote on a list of global figures, but Time’s editors have final say 
  • King Charles is up against Volodymyr Zelensky and Taylor Swift among others
  • Last year’s winner was Elon Musk, and in 2020 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won

King Charles is on the long list to be Time’s Person of the Year alongside Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, a host of celebrities and female protesters in Iran.

The accolade goes to the person or group who is judged to have had the greatest influence on 2022 – for better or worse.

The public is being asked to vote on a list of 60 global figures via but ultimately the winner will be selected by the magazine’s editors.

At the moment, the ‘Women protesters in Iran’ are leading with a positive score of 84 per cent in answer to the question should they be Time’s Person of the Year.

King Charles is on the long list for Time’s Person of the Year. Voting is currently open to the public, but the ultimate winner of the accolade will be decided by the magazine’s editor. The monarch currently has a two per cent ‘yes’ answer to the question of whether he should be awarded the title

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky (pictured earlier this month in Kyiv, during a ceremony to commemorate the Holodomor) is also on the long list

The demonstrations in Iran were inspired by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code for women. 

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, who has resolutely rallied his nation during the Russian invasion, has a Yes score of 24 per cent.

The King, who acceded his mother Queen Elizabeth II to the throne in September, has a Yes score of two per cent.

Meanwhile Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is waging war on Ukraine, is at three per cent, as is former American president Donald Trump and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (pictured leaving 10 Downing Street earlier this month) is another name on the long list

Another political name on the long list is former US president Donald Trump, who was awarded the accolade in 2016 (pictured earlier this month at an event in Florida)

Singer Taylor Swift currently has a Yes score of 10 per cent, while Beyonce is on seven per cent and About Damn Time singer Lizzo is five per cent. 

The US House Select Committee which is investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is on seven per cent.

King Charles’ mother Queen Elizabeth II was Time’s Woman of the Year in 1952 – the year she became monarch. 

Meanwhile in 2019, climate activist Greta Thunberg, then just 16, made history when she was named the most influential.

Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September at the age of 96, after a 70-year reign, was Time’s Woman of the Year in 1952 – the year she became monarch (pictured in Edinburgh in June)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg made history when she won the accolade in 2019, as the youngest to scoop the honour at just 16-years-old

US president Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris won jointly in 2020, and last year, the billionaire owner of Tesla and now Twitter, Elon Musk took the accolade.

Musk, who currently has a Yes vote of five per cent, was bestowed the honor after a year of selling off his possessions and moving to Texas, launching rockets into space, inventing new driverless cars, sharing his Asperger’s diagnosis while hosting Saturday Night Live and influencing the stock market with this tweets.

Musk spoke with Time Magazine and discussed his ‘semi-separated’ status with Grimes, slammed vaccine mandates as an ‘erosion of freedom’ and shared his plans to fly a Noah’s ark spaceship packed full of animals to Mars as he works to colonize the planet. 

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO moved to the small, unincorporated community of Boca Chica, Texas, where the southern SpaceX launch site is located. Tesla has officially moved its headquarters to Austin. 

Time magazine’s Person of the Year has previously been awarded to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (2020), Greta Thunberg (2019),  a group of journalists including Jamal Khashoggi (2018), women who spoke out about sexual misconduct including Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd (2017) and Donald Trump (2016) 

One of the reason’s Musk moved to the Lone Stare state was his disapproval of California’s strict COVID mandates. Musk has argued with government officials over mandates and broken regulations to keep his plants open throughout the pandemic.   

Confirming that he and his children have been vaccinated, saying ‘the science is unequivocal’ he noted that he did not approve of vaccine mandates. 

‘You are taking a risk, but people do risky things all the time,’ he said, noting that he still believed that being vaccinated should be a personal choice. 

He added: ‘I believe we’ve got to watch out for the erosion of freedom in America.’ 

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