Camilla will be queen, not queen consort after Charles’ coronation


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February 25, 2023 | 5:19 p.m.

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

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

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 died in September.

When Charles ascended the throne, she became queen consort.

The latest title change goes against the dictation of the late Queen, who laid out her wishes for Camilla in a February 2022 letter.

“And when, in the fulness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as 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 has made her wishes for her daughter-in-law’s title known.

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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 question of how Camilla would be treated.

A signal of impending change came last week when Camilla’s charity was renamed ‘Queen’s Reading Room’ rather than ‘Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room’.

“There is a view in the palace that the queen consort is cumbersome and it might be easier for Camilla to be known as the queen when the time comes,” a source told the Daily Mail.

Charles and Camilla will be crowned together on May 6 at Westminster Abbey. Camilla’s grandchildren from her first marriage, who have been kept out of the spotlight, are expected to play a part in the ceremony.

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