Queen Elizabeth II passed away today began moving her son Charles’ to the throne, and upon her death Charles’s wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is now Queen.
The Royal Family acknowledged the change in their brief statement on the Queen’s death, saying “The King and Queen will stay at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
But because the more socially conservative British society affected Charles and Camilla’s relationship, her status as Queen Consort for many years was a source of considerable speculation. The couple had an affair when they were both married — Charles with Princess Diana, who said famous, “There were three of us in this marriage,” and Camilla with her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles — along with the fact that Camilla was then a divorced woman still stigmatized by society. The couple married in 2005.
But in February 2022, the Queen put an end to any lingering uncertainty in the celebrations of some 70 years of her rule, saying it was her.”sincere wishes“That Camilla became Queen Consort when Charles became King. It’s all a bit confusing – but let’s break it down.
What is the difference between Queen and Queen Consort?
The reigning king’s wife is traditionally referred to as the Empress, while the Queen (technically “Empress”) refers to a woman who has ascended the throne through pre-established family line of succession and has sovereign power. Because Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne when her father, King George VI died in 1952, she was Queen, while Camilla became Queen by marriage.
What is Camilla’s new title?
She is now establish as Queen Consort, but colloquially speaking, Camilla will likely be referred to as just Queen Camilla. After King George died, his wife, Elizabeth, was referred to as the Queen Dowager Queen, mainly to avoid confusion when dueling Queen Elizabeth.