Elizabeth II has decided: on her death, Camilla will become queen consort. Elizabeth II has decided: Camilla will be queen. Elizabeth II has decided that Camilla will become queen consort when Charles takes the throne. In the United Kingdom, Camilla is elected queen consort by Elizabeth II.This milestone had not been reached by any British monarch before her.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates, Sunday, February 6, her 70 years of reign . For this historic milestone, she has reserved a surprise for her subjects, expressing the wish that Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, will become queen consort when he becomes king.
In a message written on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, a milestone that no British monarch had ever reached before her, the 95-year-old Queen expressed her "sincere wish" that Camilla "be known as Queen consort when Prince Charles, 73, takes the throne. Until now, she had never spoken on the subject.
Charles and Camilla said they were, according to a spokesperson, "touched and honored by the words" of the Queen, who also underlined the "loyal work" of the Duchess of Cornwall. Camilla, 74, whose simplicity is appreciated by the British, has become an essential cog in the monarchy, with many commitments.
The term "consort" applies to the husband or wife of a reigning monarch. Theoretically, then, Camilla was meant to become queen, but her title was the subject of endless controversy after her 2005 marriage to Prince Charles, with some arguing that she should instead be known as a "princess" consort, due to the sensitivity of the subject after the death of Princess Diana. Camilla, divorced, has long been seen as the one who broke the fairy tale marriage of Prince Charles, of which she was the mistress, with Diana.
Even last year, less than half of Britons wanted her to be crowned queen. The queen therefore closed the debate in her message.