Camilla becomes queen consort after the death of Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II paved the way for a new British queen – or at least a queen consort – in Camilla.

Before her death on Thursday, the oldest monarch in royal history said it was her “sincere wish” that her once-controversial daughter-in-law “be known as Queen Consort”.

The royal title is reserved for the wife of a reigning king and does not carry the power and importance of the reigning sovereign, which now belongs to Camilla’s husband, the new King Charles, 73.

It’s a role that hinges entirely on her marriage to the king, meaning she won’t take the throne if he dies before her.

However, a queen consort is “crowned with the king, in a similar but simpler ceremony”, notes the royal family, “unless decided otherwise”.

In fact, this option had been completely ruled out until Elizabeth surprise statement in February 2022, the day before his platinum jubilee celebrating 70 years on the throne.

King Charles and Camilla married on April 9, 2005, nearly eight years after the tragic death of Princess Diana, Charles’ ex-wife.

Until this blessing, the royal family had long insisted that Camilla, 75, only receive the title of “princess consort”.

“It was not inevitable that the duchess would become queen consort,” insisted Patrick Harrison, who coordinated the media plans for Charles and Camilla’s wedding, to Vanity Fair.

When news broke in the 1990s of Charles’ affair with then-Camilla Parker Bowles – which began while the two were still married – it sparked one of the biggest crises in recent royal history. .

Many at the time even speculated that it might prevent the heir apparent at the time from becoming king.

Camilla and Charles
Queen Consort is a role that simply means being married to the king. Camilla will not ascend the throne if Charles dies before her.
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Charles’ wife at the time, Princess Diana, had blamed Camilla for the end of her marriage, saying: ‘There were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded.

Queen Elizabeth II is rumored to be among the most enraged – she called Camilla “that mean woman”.

“‘I don’t want anything to do with her,’ she told Charles at the same time, according to royal biographer Tom Bower’s book, Rebel Prince.”

Neither the Queen nor her husband, the late Prince Philip, attended their eldest son’s wedding to Camilla in 2005.

Camilla and Charles
Princess Diana blamed her failed marriage to Charles on Camilla, saying: “There were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded.”

It was then that it was announced that Camilla would only ever be the “Princess Consort”, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall, rather than inheriting the title of Princess of Wales from the late Diana.

Yet royal biographer Penny Junor, author of ‘The Duchess’, insisted to Vanity Fair that the Queen had “always loved” Camilla.

“There was a big misconception before Charles and Camilla’s wedding that the queen didn’t love her and wanted her out of sight and out of the prince’s life,” Junor said.

“She wanted Camilla out of the [Charles’] life – not because she personally disliked him, but because she could see huge damage to the monarchy,” she insisted.

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Royal biographer Penny Junor insists “the Queen has always been very fond of Camilla”.
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“I think the Queen has always been very fond of Camilla,” she said.

“Now she sees that Camilla has been a loyal and faithful support to Charles, and she is very grateful to her.”

The late Queen’s change of heart seemed to be reflected in her unexpected statement.

She wrote that “when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me; and I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service.

New York Post

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