In recent years, there has been huge uncertainty over whether Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall would ever hold the title of 'Queen' when Prince Charles became King.
When she and Charles married in 2005, Clarence House confirmed in a statement that Camilla would become HRH Princess Consort, rather than Queen Consort, when her husband ascended to the throne.
One such statement read, “It is intended that The Duchess of Cornwall will use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.”
According to the Daily Express, the decision was made in light of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s break-up, and her subsequent death.
The public opinion of Camilla was not generally favourable at the time – with many at the palace concerned about how the UK would react to her being made Queen.
But now, 13 years later, it seems that Camilla can well expect to be given the title of Queen in some capacity, when Charles becomes King.
One expert, law professor Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis at Oxford University, said that Camilla will almost definitely become Queen due to the Regency Act 1937 – although in a very limited, legal sense.
Explaining the technicalities to the Daily Star, he said, “Camilla will be a ‘Queen’ in the limited legal sense of being the wife of the sovereign, or ‘Queen Consort’.”
“She cannot be forced to be called ‘Queen Consort’, but her role as the wife of the King is, by definition, that of Queen.
Prof. Pavlos continued, “This is, however, a very limited role, which need not involve the use of the title ‘Queen’.
“The wife of a head of state is not a joint head of state, however. The Sovereign reigns on his or her own. In that sense Camilla will be a ‘Queen’ in the limited legal sense of being the wife of the sovereign.”
Ultimately, the decision of which title to use officially will likely fall to the senior members of the royal family – but it seems the moniker of Queen is certainly open to the Duchess of Cornwall, if she wishes to have it.
This explanation follows the thoughts of the Queen’s former press secretary Charles Anson, that the Duchess of Cornwall will eventually be ‘Queen Camilla’.
In a new US documentary from People magazine, the well-trusted formal royal aide, who quit the Royal Household in 1996, praised the Duchess.
He said, “She’s got a good philosophy about life.
“There are things you can change and other things you can’t change – don’t get too hung up about it.”
Charles eventually concluded, “And I think she’ll be a great consort as Queen.”
His comments appear to confirm the opinion of the Royal Household, that Camila will eventually become known as the Queen Consort, rather than Princess.
However, despite the title, Camilla will not hold any constitutional power when her husband becomes King.
Charles, like his mother and his grandfather before him, will be the only reigning monarch – with Camilla, like Prince Philip, acting only as a support to him.
What title do you think Camilla should have when Charles is King?