What is a queen consort? Camilla’s key duties, the job she’s not allowed yet, and Kate’s future


The queen has said she wants Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to become queen consort when Prince Charles becomes king, but what does that mean?

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Letter from the Queen to the nation on her Platinum Jubilee

We now know that when Prince Charles takes the throne and becomes King, his loving wife Camilla will be sitting next to him.

The Queen used Ascension Day in her Platinum Jubilee year to express her wish for her daughter-in-law to become Queen Consort.

When Charles married Camilla in 2005, royal aides said she would not take on the role and instead become princess consort.

However, a huge shift in public opinion and years of hard work, both championing causes close to the heart and supporting the royal family, have caused the Queen to change her mind.

The Monarch said: “I am fortunate to have had the unconditional and loving support of my family. I was lucky to have in Prince Felipe a couple willing to play the role of consort and selflessly make the sacrifices that this entails. it’s a role I saw my own mother play during my father’s reign.

The queen has said she wants Camilla to become queen consort
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“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.”

Responding to her statement in her message honoring her mother on her Jubilee, Charles said: “We are deeply aware of the honor of my mother’s wish.

“While we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my dear wife has been my own constant support throughout.”

But what does queen consort mean? Here we take a closer look at Camilla’s future role and the royals who have stepped into the role before her…

What is a queen consort and what is the difference between queen and queen consort?

A royal consort is the wife of a serving monarch, whose primary duty is to provide support and companionship during his reign.

Unlike the king or queen, they do not have a formal position or set tasks and responsibilities.

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But throughout history, those on paper have had considerable influence, most famously being Prince Albert when he served as Prince Consort to Queen Victoria.

Consorts traditionally assist the king or queen in their schedule of public engagements, from hosting heads of state to attending charity galas.

The Queen Mother was the consort of King George VI and the first queen consort born in Britain since Tudor times.

The position saw her visit Commonwealth nations and undertake significant tours alongside her husband, including to areas of the country badly damaged after air raids in World War II.

The queen’s mother, Queen Elizabeth, was the queen consort to King George VI.
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She supported her husband during his brief reign.
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After the king’s death, the Queen Mother continued her public duties for many decades, continuing to patronize some 350 organisations.

Why was Prince Philip not king?

Felipe automatically became Elizabeth II’s consort when she acceded to the throne in 1952. However, he could not be king, as that would mean he outranked the queen, which is not allowed as he was not born into the royal family. .

She made history when she broke the record as Britain’s longest-serving consort in 2009.

In 1953, Felipe was the first layman to pay his respects to the Queen on the day of her coronation, immediately after the archbishops and bishops.

The Duke dedicated decades of his life to public service.

Philip was at the Queen’s side for most of her reign.
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He accompanied the Queen around the world on her tours of the Commonwealth and visited some remote areas that could only be reached by sea on a solo voyage on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Unlike Philip, who rejected the title of prince consort, Prince Albert was officially given the formal title in 1857.

He had spent most of his childhood in Germany and used his knowledge of Europe to advise Victoria on foreign affairs.

He was given full access to cabinet papers and, from 1841, he attended the audiences Victoria held with her ministers, alienating her from her close relationship with the Whigs and telling her that the Crown should not be partisan.

Uncertainty about Camilla’s role

As the wife of the Prince of Wales, Camilla was already automatically set to be his consort, and is also technically queen when he becomes king.

However, due to the complications involved in Charles and Camilla’s relationship, it was unknown if she would take on the role.

She passed up the title of Princess of Wales out of respect for Diana.

Camilla dated Charles before his wedding to Princess Diana, and was infamously called the third person in their marriage.
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But the Queen has now paved the way for Camilla to be called Queen Camilla, after royal aides said at the time of her 2005 wedding that she would be known as the Princess Consort.

The Queen marked her Platinum Jubilee with Saturday’s message: “When, in the fullness of time, my son Carlos becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camila the same support they 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 loyal service.”

The wife of a king, known as a queen consort, is crowned in a coronation ceremony, unlike the husband of a queen.

Is Kate Middleton Queen Consort?

When Prince Charles passes away and Prince William becomes king, the Duchess of Cambridge will become his Queen Consort.

She will support him in his duties, as will his eldest son, Prince George, who is to become the Prince of Wales.

You may know her as Queen Catherine.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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