Is Camilla Queen now Charles is King? – The Sun

CAMILLA has been married to King Charles since 2005, after making their relationship public in January 1999.

Here, we look at what her title is now her husband is the reigning monarch.


Camilla with her husband, King CharlesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

What is Camilla’s title now Charles is King?

Camilla Parker-Bowles takes the title of Queen Consort – which was previously announced in Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee message.

She will be referred to as Queen Camilla now her husband has ascended to the throne, but her official title will be Queen Consort.

It was originally suggested that Camilla could hold the title of Princess Consort when Charles ascended to the throne.

This decision would have required new legislation, as the default is that the wife of the monarch becomes the Queen Consort automatically.

When Charles and Camilla married in 2005, they decided that she would not take on the title of Princess of Wales, as a mark of respect towards his former wife Princess Diana.

Camilla instead took the title of Duchess of Cornwall instead.

What did the Queen say about Camilla becoming Queen Consort?

In her Platinum Jubilee message, the Queen said she “sincerely wished” for Camilla to become Queen Consort.

She said: “I am fortunate to have had the steadfast and loving support of my family.

“I was blessed that in Prince Philip, I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it.

“It is a role I saw my own mother perform during my father’s reign.

“This anniversary also affords me a time to reflect on the goodwill shown to me by people of all nationalities, faiths and ages in this country and around the world over these years.

“I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support.

“I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.

“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

What is a royal consort?

A royal consort differs from a monarch as they gain their position through being married to the King or Queen.

A royal consort supports the monarch in almost all of their duties – from public engagements and tours to decisions and support.

But unlike the king or queen, they do not have a formal position or set tasks and responsibilities.

Women married to a monarch have historically been crowned Queen Consort.

Such was the case for the George VI’s wife, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and for George V’s wife Queen Mary – the Queen’s grandmother.

The exception was Queen Mary II who, with her husband, King William III, was joint-Sovereign from 1689 to 1694.

Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, was appointed Prince Consort 17 years after his marriage.

This title is no lower than  that of a King Consort, it is just a different title.

Victoria had wanted him to be King Consort when they married, but the then prime minister Lord Melbourne ruled it out.

Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, rejected the title of Royal consort early in the Queen’s reign as Monarch. 

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