Camilla will be Queen after Charles’s coronation, not Queen Consort


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February 25, 2023 | 5:19 pm

Queen Consort Camilla is reportedly getting a title change that appears to be against the wishes of her late mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, reported on Saturday that a title change is likely after the May coronation of King Charles III.

The former Camilla Parker-Bowles has been married to King Charles since 2005 and was known as the Duchess of Cornwall until Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September.

When Charles ascended the throne, she became Queen Consort.

The latest title change is against dictation from the late Queen, who outlined her wishes for Camilla in a February 2022 letter.

“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 you have given me; And it is my heartfelt wish that, in time, Camilla will be known as The Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service,” the Queen wrote.

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla have been married since 2005.
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The late Queen Elizabeth II expressed her wish on how her daughter-in-law would be named.

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The coronation of King Charles III will take place in May.

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The statement seemed to settle the issue of how Camilla would be addressed.

A sign of impending change came last week when Camilla’s charity was rebranded as the “Queen’s Reading Room” instead of the “Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room”.

A source told the Daily Mail: “There is a view in the Palace that the Queen Consort is cumbersome and it may be easier for Camilla to step down as Queen when the time is right.”

Charles and Camilla will be crowned together at Westminster Abbey on 6 May. Camilla’s grandson from her first marriage, who has kept out of the limelight, is expected to play a role in the ceremony.

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