Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her platinum jubilee by expressing her “sincere wish” that “when the time comes” her daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will become queen consort.
On Saturday, the 95-year-old monarch released a statement ahead of the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the British throne.
“This anniversary also gives me the opportunity 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,” Her Majesty said. noted. “I would like to express my sincere thanks to you for your support. I remain eternally grateful and honored by the loyalty and affection you continue to give me. And when, in time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you You will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me; and I sincerely hope that in due time Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service. »
What is a queen consort?
A queen consort is a title given to the wife of a reigning king which, although denoting title and rank, does not give them the same powers as the reigning monarch.
By comparison, Queen Elizabeth is known as the Queen Regent, meaning she possesses and can exercise sovereign powers.
Although a king regent may give his wife the title of queen consort, the same cannot be said of a queen regent. During her 64-year reign, Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, was given the title of prince consort and not king consort, because technically a king holds a higher rank than a queen.
Although they were married for more than 73 years, Prince Philip was never called a prince consort. In 1957 the Palace issued a statement that the Queen’s husband would be “Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Whitehall” and referred to as the Duke of Edinburgh.
Why is Camilla becoming such a controversial queen consort?
The news of the Queen’s approval of Camilla as future Queen Consort may not have come as a surprise to royal insiders, but it certainly surprised royal watchers.
When Prince Charles married his second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, it was announced that when the Prince of Wales ascended the throne, Camilla would be known as the Princess Regent.
At the time, the title of princess consort was meant as a sign of sensitivity and respect for Charles’ first wife, the late Princess Diana, who was to inherit the title of queen consort.
It was a smart move for the Royal Family given the public’s feelings towards Camilla. Prince Charles’ infidelity and longtime affair with the current Duchess of Cornwall created a love triangle that pitted Camilla against Diana, “the people’s princess”.
Although there was initially hostility towards the Duchess of Cornwall, the 74-year-old has proven to be a devoted servant to the Queen and the Royal Family. Camilla has become a public champion for literacy, health, support for victims of rape and domestic violence and, like the Queen, the dog lover is an animal welfare advocate.
Queen Elizabeth has bestowed several prestigious honors on the Duchess, including the Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter, one of the highest honors available.
The change of title from princess consort to queen consort marks a change of heart for the Duchess of Cornwall, both in public and in private.
While there will always be royal watchers who choose not to overlook the scandalous origins of Prince Charles and Camilla’s relationship, the Queen has made her feelings known and her “wishes” are likely to be granted.