– Camilla Parker Bowles became queen consort following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III’s ascension to the British throne.
– Camilla was previously known as the Duchess of Cornwall and chose not to use the title of Princess of Wales out of respect for Princess Diana.
– Camilla was originally intended to be known as princess consort, but Queen Elizabeth II expressed her wish for her to become queen consort before her death in February 2022.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th, 2022, King Charles III has ascended to the British throne. As Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker Bowles has now taken on the role of queen. However, what is her official title? When Charles and Camilla wed in 2005, Camilla was made an HRH and given the title Duchess of Cornwall. While she was also technically the Princess of Wales, she never used the title out of respect for its former holder, Princess Diana. Instead, Camilla took on the feminine form of her husband’s title as Duke of Cornwall.
While the wife of a king is generally given the title of queen, Clarence House announced that when Charles assumes the throne, Camilla will be known as the princess consort. The statement read, “It is intended that Mrs. Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.” This title was also given to Prince Philip, who was technically a prince consort to the reigning monarch.
However, prior to her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022, Queen Elizabeth II stated her “sincere wish” for Camilla to take on the title of queen consort when Charles becomes king. The queen consort is the spouse of a ruling king, and Buckingham Palace confirmed Camilla’s new title when announcing Elizabeth’s death, which refers to Charles and Camilla’s new titles as King and Queen Consort.
It remains to be seen how the public will react to Camilla’s new title, given her controversial past as the third person in a love triangle with Charles and Diana. Nonetheless, Camilla has been a vital member of the royal family and has worked tirelessly for various charities and causes, and her new title reflects her increasing prominence within the family.