Why Camilla's royal title will be 'Queen Consort' instead of just 'Queen'
QueenElizabeth announced what she wants Camilla Parker Bowles' title to be when Charles is King.
- The Duchess of Cornwall will become "
Queen Consort" — not just "Queen."
"When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife
The monarch specified that Camilla will be given the title of "Queen Consort," not just "Queen," in her statement.
"Queen" typically refers to the reigning monarch, while "Queen Consort" is the official title for the wife or companion of a monarch, as Insider previously reported. Since Camilla will be married to the King rather than becoming the head of the monarchy herself, she will be "Queen Consort."
Similarly, the husband of a queen is not typically given the title of "King."
As Insider previously reported, Prince Philip was never given the title "King" despite marrying the Queen, though it was unclear if it was because he would have outranked his wife if he was made King or because of his Danish and Greek nationality.
Although she will technically be "Queen Consort," Kinsey Schofield, the founder of the
"The royal class system does not exist in the way that it used to, so its significance is much less," Schofield said of the difference between the two titles. "The
Indeed, Queen Elizabeth's mother was technically a "Queen Consort," but she was known as "Queen" until she became "Queen Mother" following Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, as People reported.
The Queen's announcement marks a shift in the monarchy's approach to Camilla's title
The palace announced in 2005 that she would become "Princess Consort" following Charles' ascension to the throne, as Insider previously reported.
Schofield and royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams both told Insider's Mikhaila Friel the Queen's recent announcement was likely intended to bolster support for Camilla, as they say Princess Diana fans could feel "hostile" towards the idea of Camilla becoming queen.
"I fear there would have been a real and ugly debate had the Queen not addressed this," Schofield told Insider. "They are cutting the debate off before it even begins, which is a brilliant strategy."
Schofield went on to say that Camilla's future title might help the public understand what her role alongside Charles will be — and that she isn't in the royal line of succession.
"With a heightened hostility towards Camilla becoming Queen Consort, we are seeing more conversations about defining the Queen Consort role to differentiate between Queen Elizabeth's reign and responsibilities and what Camilla's position will look like," she said.
"It's important to note that the Duchess of Cornwall is solely dependent on Prince Charles for her position," Schofield went on to say. "When Prince or King Charles dies, Prince William immediately becomes King."
When the time comes, Camilla could be officially crowned Queen Consort in a ceremony following Charles' elaborate coronation, according to the royal website.
"Unless decided otherwise, a Queen consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony," the royal website says. "If the new Sovereign is a Queen, her consort is not crowned or anointed at the coronation ceremony."
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