After the queen has expressed her desire for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to become queen consort when Prince Charles takes the throne, we look at the signs that have pointed to her taking on the role.
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When the Duchess of Cornwall first became a member of the royal family, her popularity ratings were low.
Years earlier, she had been thrust into the spotlight after it was revealed that she had been having an affair with Prince Charles.
This prompted his ex-wife, Princess Diana, to memorably say in her Panorama interview, “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
And when Camilla married Charles in 2005, a statement said that she intended to use the title of princess consort, rather than queen consort, when her husband became king.
Now, 17 years later, everything has changed with Camilla enjoying a high profile and the Queen even issuing a rare statement expressing her wish for her daughter-in-law to be the next Queen Consort.
And many attribute this to Charles’ ongoing campaign for Camilla to be known as his Queen when her time comes.
A source told the Daily Mail: “‘For the prince, it’s less about the role itself and more about respect.
“He feels that she deserves to be treated like any other second wife. What other woman is not allowed to call herself ‘Mrs X’ and have the same rights and privileges as a first wife?”
So what signs have there been that point to earlier moves paving the way for a Queen Camila in the future? Let’s take a look…
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When Charles and Camilla married in Windsor in April 2005, a statement was issued to clarify the bride’s title.
It said that she would be known as the Duchess of Cornwall and said that he “intended” for her to be known as the Princess Consort, rather than the Queen Consort, when Charles became King.
The royal correspondent, Robert Jobson, believes that the word ‘intended’ was used in the original wording to give the public time to warm to Camilla, but Charles always planned to make her queen.
In his book Charles at 70: Thoughts, Hopes And Dreams, he writes: “The critical word in this statement, of course, was ‘intended.’ What Clarence House was doing was buying time, time for a hostile public to feel comfortable. with Camilla. .
“Prince Charles, however, always intended for her to become his queen consort. According to an inside source, he had already decided that before their wedding.”
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In 2011, with the debate still going on about Camilla’s future title, she was directly asked about it by a young woman.
It happened when the Duchess was visiting a children’s center in Wiltshire.
There, in an emotional moment, an eight-year-old girl asked Camilla when she would be Queen.
And she responded cryptically, saying, “You never know,” instead of dismissing the question entirely.
But it’s not just Camilla who has been asked about her future role, it’s also Charles.
In 2010, he was put on the spot and asked in an interview if Camilla would be his queen.
His revealing response was: “That’s it, that’s it, we’ll see, right? That could be it.”
Another subtle change to Camilla’s title came in 2018, when the Prince of Wales’s website suddenly and quietly removed statements saying she would be known as the Princess Consort.
The title was included in the FAQ section of the site and in Camilla’s biography.
Despite this, Clarence House said at the time that the statement about Camilla’s title when the couple married “has not changed”.
He also added that the changes were made to the website because the topic of Camilla as Queen had not been brought up recently.
Other major hints that Camilla is lining up to be a queen consort came after she stepped up her royal duties.
In 2016, she was appointed to the Privy Council, which advises the monarch on matters of state.
In recent years, he has also accompanied Prince Charles and the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament and attended receptions for world leaders at the G7 summit in June and the COP26 summit.
And earlier this year, it was revealed that she had been made a Royal Dame of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which is the oldest and oldest of the Orders of Chivalry, and one of the Queen’s highest honours.
However, the biggest sign yet that Camilla will be Queen Consort and her biggest endorsement for doing so has been from the Queen.
On Saturday night, on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee, Her Majesty released a statement saying it was her “sincere wish” that Camilla should be Queen.
The monarch said: I am eternally grateful and honored for the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.
“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Carlos becomes king, I know that they will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that they have given me, and it is my sincere wish that when that time comes , Camilla may be known as queen consort while continuing her own loyal service.”
In response, Charles released a statement the following day paying tribute to his “inspiring mother” and admitting that he is “deeply aware” of her desire for Camilla to become his queen consort when she assumes the throne.