Camilla is Queen Consort, What does it mean?
After reigning for a record-setting 70 years, England’s Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8.
Her son Charles has taken the throne after she ruled for 70 years. He has officially been crowned King Charles III.
His wife, previously known as the Duchess of Cornwall, is now known as Queen Consort.
You may be wondering, “But what exactly is a queen consort in England?” Why is this designation any different from “queen”? Everything you need to know is listed here.
Queen consort is a title given to the wife of a reigning monarch.
Camilla is not the monarch of the United Kingdom, hence she is not addressed as “Queen.”
Unlike King Charles III, she lacks the authority to make political and military decisions.
Camilla, Queen Consort, will share King Charles III’s imminent coronation.
According to Insider, the late Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022, marking 70 years as head of the British monarchy, by sticking with tradition.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service,” Queen Elizabeth II stated earlier this year.
Buckingham Palace had long maintained that Camilla would be called “Princess Consort,” thus the revelation came as little surprise.
The Palace was worried about a backlash from Princess Diana fans who would be against Camilla becoming queen.
The King of England had an affair with his current Queen Consort, Camilla, in 1986, while still married to the late Princess Diana of Wales.
The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, held a similar position as Prince Consort.