It comes after the Queen herself proclaimed on the weekend the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, would indeed be made Consort when Prince Charles takes to the throne
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Brits are appearing to back ‘Queen Camilla’ – after a public poll found 55% of people support her becoming Queen Consort.
It comes after the Queen herself proclaimed on the weekend the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, would indeed be made Queen Consort when Prince Charles takes to the throne.
Only 28% of people opposed the decision – however most believed Diana would have fitted the role better.
The majority of all age groups backed Camilla’s new title, and about half said they had a great deal or a fair amount of respect for her.
While the younger generation of 18-44 year olds narrowly believed Camilla would not make a good Queen, and that she and Charles would not be an asset to Britain.
However, 51% of people believed the crown should not jump a generation to Prince William, when the Queen dies.
The Queen broke the news of Camilla’s Queenship in an address to mark the anniversary of her taking the throne 70 years ago today.
For years insiders were sure Camilla would take the title Princess Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.
But conventional wisdom was brushed aside in the bombshell 10pm statement from the Palace, announcing the monarch’s wish that Camilla be known as Queen Consort.
In a message to the nation, the Queen wrote: “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.”
A spokesman for Charles said: “The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are touched and honored by Her Majesty’s words.”
Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said of the Queen’s announcement: “This is the most extraordinary message.”
And recalling Diana’s Panorama interview in 1995, Mr Hunt added: “For Camilla, the journey from being the third person in a marriage to queen-in-waiting, is complete.”
Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to the Queen, said hostility towards Camilla after the 1997 death of Diana “has evaporated completely”. He added: “The Duchess has shown that she is a great support to Charles, the Queen and the institution.”
Royal author Dr Andrew Lownie said: “Camilla has earned her spurs. The Queen, who would not have Camilla in the room at one point, has become very fond of her.
“I think there’s a real sense of the passing on of the crown.”
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The Queen’s heartfelt announcement ran to 385 words. Of February 6, 1952, she wrote: “It is a day that, even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign.”
She spoke of a “sense of hope and optimism” in her Platinum Jubilee year and thanked “people of all nationalities, faiths and ages” for the goodwill and support they had expressed.
The Queen wrote fondly of her late husband, adding: “I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it… a role I saw my own mother perform during my father’s reign.”
The Queen, signing off as “Your Servant”, added: “I look forward to continuing to serve with all my heart.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.