The Queen Backs Duchess Camilla To Be Queen Consort When Prince Charles Becomes King

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The Queen Backs Duchess Camilla To Be Queen Consort When Prince Charles Becomes King

The Queen has publicly backed the Duchess of Cornwall to become Queen consort when Prince Charles accedes to the throne.

In a poignant message to mark the 70th anniversary of her own accession,
Her Majesty renewed her 1947 pledge “that my life will always be devoted
to your service,” but urged the public to support her son and
heir and his wife when her remarkable reign finally comes to an end.

The monarch, 95, said: “I remain eternally grateful for, and
humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me. 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 that you have given me; and it is my
sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort
as she continues her own loyal service.”

Until now, the Duchess of Cornwall was expected to be styled
Princess Consort when her husband becomes King, a decision announced when the
couple married in 2005. The lesser title reflects a sensitivity towards public
opinion, which was negative towards Camilla in the aftermath of the breakdown
of the Prince’s marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales.

But in the years since then, the Duchess has weathered the storm
and worked hard to earn widespread respect and admiration for her
charitable work and loyalty to the royal family.

The Queen Backs Duchess Camilla To Be Queen Consort When Prince Charles Becomes King

Her Majesty shared her wishes for the Duchess of Cornwall to take the title of Queen Consort

In her message, which was signed “Your servant, Elizabeth
R” at Sandringham on the eve of her historic milestone, the Queen
also paid tribute to her parents, her family and her late husband the Duke
of Edinburgh.

She said of the 6 February anniversary: “It is a day that, even
after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King
George VI, as for the start of my reign.”

She added: “I am fortunate to have had the steadfast and loving
support of my family. I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the
role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it. It is a
role I saw my own mother perform during my father’s reign.”

The Queen Backs Duchess Camilla To Be Queen Consort When Prince Charles Becomes King

The Prince of Wales married Camilla in 2005

Saying she looks forward to her Platinum Jubilee year “with a sense
of hope and optimism”, she added: “I am reminded of how much we can
be thankful for. I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart. I
hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbours and
communities – after some difficult times for so many of us – in order to enjoy
the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day
lives that have so happily coincided with my reign.”

National celebrations will mark the Platinum Jubilee later this year,
culminating in a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in June.

But the Queen will spend her anniversary privately at Sandringham, where
her father, who had been treated for lung cancer, passed away in the early
hours of 6 February 1952.

The-then Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya on a Commonwealth tour with the
Duke of Edinburgh and on hearing the news, immediately returned to London,
where she was officially proclaimed Queen the following day.

The Queen Backs Duchess Camilla To Be Queen Consort When Prince Charles Becomes King

The news will please Prince Charles

A source says: “Royal watchers have long expected some kind of
announcement that Camilla will one day be styled Queen Consort and having the
Queen publicly give her seal of approval is a very elegant way of doing it. The
future King has always been determined to make her his Queen and it makes total
sense to clarify the decision before his own accession to the throne. The
Queen’s message is a very poignant one, however, as she looks forward to a time
when she is no longer monarch. At the age of 95 and after 70 years on the
throne, this feels like she is putting her affairs in order.”

A spokesman for the Prince of Wales said that he and the Duchess of
Cornwall are “touched and honoured by Her Majesty’s words”.

The heir to the throne is expected to be among the many public figures
to pay tribute to the Queen on her anniversary. 

The Queen Backs Duchess Camilla To Be Queen Consort When Prince Charles Becomes King

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reacted to the news

In reaction to the news, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
retweeted the Queen’s royal message on their Twitter feed.

Likewise, Clarence House, which is the official account for the
Prince of Wales and Camilla also shared the message with no
additional commentary.

 

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