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Queen Elizabeth makes ‘extraordinary’ decision to allow Camilla to become Queen Consort


Queen Elizabeth II has used her Platinum Jubilee speech to back Camilla one day becoming Queen.

Camilla, 74, and Prince Charles, 73, have been married for 17 years, and are thought to have begun the romantic relationship while Charles was still married to the late Princess Diana.

Despite their controversial start, the Queen has said that Camilla becoming ‘Queen Consort’ is her “sincere wish”.

A ‘Queen Consort’ is the wife of the reigning King and, with this title, Camilla will share Charles’ social rank and status.

In normal circumstances, the wife of the King would become Queen but, because of uncertainty about public opinion of Camilla, it was thought the she would be referred to as ‘Princess Consort’ when Charles took the throne.



The Queen has expressed her wishes to allow Camilla to become a fully fledged royal
The Queen has expressed her wishes to allow Camilla to become a fully fledged royal

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The Queen has since shut down these reports, and confirmed what Camilla’s official title will be.

She said in a written message, as per Metro Online: “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.”

The Queen’s intervention prevents any pushback Camilla may face in becoming Queen, and will allow her to become a fully fledged royal with the monarch’s blessing.



Charles and Camilla pictured on their wedding day in 2005 alongside the Queen
Charles and Camilla pictured on their wedding day in 2005 alongside the Queen

Queen Elizabeth’s message comes as she celebrates 70 years on the throne on Sunday 6 February.

While there will be celebrations later this year to pay tribute to the Queen and her decades of service, the anniversary itself will be tinged with sadness as the day she became Queen was the day her father, King George VI died.

Royal correspondent Jennie Bond told us: “Losing a parent is a landmark, but for The Queen it was an absolute traumatic upheaval. To leave the UK as one role as a Princess and return as a Queen, she was faced with a brutal reality.

“She had lost her father, she loved him, and had this huge weight of responsibility on her shoulders.”



The Duchess of Cornwall will have the official title of 'Queen Consort' when Charles takes the throne
The Duchess of Cornwall will have the official title of ‘Queen Consort’ when Charles takes the throne

Jennie continued: “She’d lost her father, had to move house, was crowned, had to establish a relationship with the Prime Minister, she had to sign every act of parliament, her diary was crammed with demands and engagements and she was only 25 with two young kids.”

The Queen will also be marking the milestone without her husband Prince Philip by her side, who sadly passed away aged 99 in April 2021.

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