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It appeared in a most unexpected place but there is now further confirmation that, after the Coronation, the word ‘consort’ will disappear from Queen Camilla’s title.
Since the accession of King Charles, on September 8th 2022, Her Majesty has been referred to as ‘the Queen Consort’ in official announcements. With just days to go until the Coronation, official guidance for prayers for the Royal Family shows this will soon be a thing of the past.
Lambeth Palace published a notice that, on May 3rd 2023, King Charles issued a Royal Warrant stating that from Coronation Day itself, Her Majesty should be named as Queen Camilla in prayers said for or referring to the Royal Family. For the last eight months, all references have been to ‘Camilla, the Queen Consort’.
The Warrant states that ”with effect from 6 May 2023, in every prayer for the Royal Family contained in any form of service authorised for use in the Church of England, instead of the words ‘Camilla, the Queen Consort’, the words ‘Queen Camilla’ should be inserted.
There has been debate since the accession about Her Majesty’s title which has always been given, officially, as Queen Consort. Her Majesty is Queen Camilla, The Queen and the Queen Consort but the latter has been preferred. From the moment she is crowned, official prayers will drop the use of the word consort.
The Coronation takes place on May 6th 2023 at Westminster Abbey.