What will Camilla’s title be when Prince Charles is King? Why she might not be called ‘Queen’

What title do you think the Duchess should have when Charles is King?
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  • 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.

    While the Duchess is married to the future King, hers and Prince Charles complicated past with the much-loved Princess Diana, and the fact that she is his second wife, have meant that it has been unclear whether she would be Queen.

    So will Camilla take on the title when Charles ascends to the throne?

    Will Camilla become Queen?

    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. The 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, 15 years later, it seems that Camilla might actually be able to expect to be given the title of Queen in some capacity, when Charles becomes King.

    Will Camilla become Queen

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    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.” Professor Pavlos continued, “This is, however, a very limited role, which need not involve the use of the title ‘Queen’.

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    “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, and those around her, wish for her to have it.

    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?

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