But in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of his accession to the throne earlier this year, he becomes monarch, but as a “princess consort” – at a time when public sentiment towards him was more frosty.
But in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth II announced she wanted Camilla to be known as ‘Queen Consort’ when Charles becomes king.
The intervention clarified a question that had persisted since their marriage. Without her, Camilla, formerly known as the Duchess of Cornwall, could have been the first British queen not to be called queen.
“And when, in the fulness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service,” Queen Elizabeth II said in her February statement as she planned beyond her reign.
Charles, who had stepped in to take on more royal duties as the monarch’s health deteriorated, thanked his mother and said he was “deeply aware of the honour” for his “beloved” wife.
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When Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, around 7% of Britons thought she should become queen. It was nearly nine years after his divorce from Princess Diana and almost eight years after her death.
Like Princess Diana, some Britons have blamed Camilla for the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles. “There were three of us in this wedding, so it was a bit crowded,” Diana said in a 1995 interview.
Although she doesn’t have the same kind of star power as Diana, Camilla sought to improve her image after becoming a royal. She became a patron of dozens of charities and advocated against domestic violence, among other causes.
In a 2010 interview, when asked if his wife would become queen, Charles replied, “That’s good…we’ll see, right? It could be.”