Will Camilla REALLY become Queen? Here's what Queen Elizabeth II wants her title to be

Will Camilla REALLY become Queen? Here's what Queen Elizabeth II wants her title to be
Queen Elizabeth (L) wants Camilla Parker Bowles (R) to be called 'Queen' (Paul Hackett/Jane Barlow/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II took the Internet by surprise when she announced that she supports the idea of calling Camilla Parker Bowles "Queen Consort" after Prince Charles becomes the King. The Queen shared the big news via an official letter written from Sandringham House, the palace where she hosted a reception ahead of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
In the letter, Queen Elizabeth II offered her support making it clear that she wants the Duchess of Cornwall to become Queen Camilla. The decision by the 95-year-old British monarch came in the form of a special Platinum Jubilee message that would ultimately help in shaping the future of the British monarchy. Camilla is Prince Charles’ second wife. He was earlier married to Diana, Princess of Wales from 1981 to 1996. Princess Diana died in a horrific car crash in Paris.

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Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019, in London, England (Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

What power does Queen Consort hold?

A Queen Consort is the wife of a reigning king and she usually shares the special rank and status of her spouse. A Queen Consort is crowned and anointed but does not really hold any political and military powers unless acting as regent on an occasion. A Queen Consort does not hold any constitutional powers.
According to Wikipedia, Queen Consorts, “Have no power per se, even when their position is constitutionally or statutorily recognized.” Their roles, however, include producing a healthy heir, having an amiable personality, ambition, and piety. Currently, as the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla carries out public engagements, often alongside Prince Charles. She is also a patron, president, or member of numerous charities and organizations.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with assistance from Captian Ed Andresen of the Welsh Guards, invites children to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas Tree at Clarence House on December 15, 2021, in London, England (Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


Queen Elizabeth II backs Camilla Parker Bowles as Queen Consort

In the official letter, Queen Elizabeth II stated, “This anniversary also affords me a time to reflect on the goodwill shown to me by people of all nationalities, faiths, and ages in this country and around the world over these years.”
She continued, “I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support,” adding, “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."

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth at HM Naval Base ahead of the ship's maiden deployment on May 22, 2021, in Portsmouth, England (Steve Parsons - WPA Pool / Getty Images)



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