Following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II, her eldest little one, previously the Prince of Wales, has ascended the throne to change into King Charles III of the UK.
So, with Charles as King, what does this imply for the Duchess of Cornwall’s title? Right here’s how Camilla Parker Bowles’ title has modified.
Will Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall change into Queen?
The Duchess of Cornwall, who has been married to King Charles since 2005, has not change into Queen as a result of the throne can solely be inherited and can’t be taken by members who married into the royal household.
Nonetheless, earlier this yr Queen Elizabeth II introduced that it was her “honest want” that the Duchess of Cornwall will likely be often called Queen Consort when the Prince of Wales turns into king.
Clarence Home mentioned that Charles and Camilla had been “touched and honoured” by the gesture.
It marked a major U-turn from an earlier assertion on the time of Charles and Camilla’s marriage ceremony, which mentioned Camilla would take the lesser title Princess Consort. It’s because it was perceived that the general public was too hostile in the direction of Camilla following the demise of Charles’ first spouse, Princess Diana, in 1997.
The 2005 assertion, posted to the Prince of Wales’ official web site, introduced that he would marry Camilla in April that yr.
It additionally detailed modifications to Camilla’s identify as soon as the pair had been wed, together with the title she is going to take when Charles turns into King: the Princess Consort.
“Mrs Parker Bowles will use the title HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after marriage. It’s meant that Mrs Parker Bowles ought to use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne,” the assertion mentioned.
Nonetheless the brand new title of Queen Consort was confirmed by Buckingham Palace in a press release asserting the demise of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday (8 September).
The palace mentioned: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral this night and can return to London tomorrow.”
What title does the spouse or husband of the King or Queen take?
Historically, the spouse of a reigning king is given the title of the Queen consort. She is topped and anointed on the coronation ceremony.
“Until determined in any other case, a Queen consort is topped with the King, in an identical however less complicated ceremony. If the brand new Sovereign is a Queen, her consort will not be topped or anointed on the coronation ceremony,” the royal web site reads.
The Queen consort’s main position is to “present companionship and ethical and sensible help” to the reigning monarch, Buckingham Palace mentioned.
Whereas the monarch performs a constitutional position in approving payments earlier than they change into legislation, the Queen consort doesn’t maintain a proper place within the construction of the federal government. She additionally doesn’t see official state papers or maintain official audiences.
The latest consort to a reigning monarch was Prince Philip, who held the place for 60 years from Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952 till his demise in 2021.
Not like a Queen consort, the husband of a reigning Queen will not be topped on the coronation ceremony.
Nonetheless, the Duke of Edinburgh was the primary consort to participate within the “act of homage” to the Queen after the Archbishops and Bishops throughout the ceremony. The Queen additionally granted him “place, pre-eminence and priority” subsequent to herself shortly after her accession to the throne.