'Queen' vs 'Queen Consort': What Her Majesty's wish for Camilla really means

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Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles and Queen Elizabeth.
Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles and Queen Elizabeth.
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  • It is Queen Elizabeth's "sincere wish" that Britain consider Camilla Parker Bowles "Queen Consort". 
  • Though many are up in arms about it, "Queen Consort" does not necessarily mean "Queen" of the nation.
  • She will therefore not use the title of "Queen" in the same way Queen Elizabeth II has, but as wife to the future king.


Queen Elizabeth announced ahead of her accession day celebrations that it's her "sincere wish" that Britain considers her daughter-in-law Camilla Parker Bowles "Queen Consort" when Prince Charles takes the throne.

"It is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service," she said in a statement that the British press has since deemed ended "years of controversy and confusion", caused, for the most part, by Camilla's role in the heir apparent's split from Princess Diana.

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Though many are up in arms about the decision, "Queen Consort" does not necessarily mean "Queen" of the nation.

While Camilla will likely be referred to as "Queen Camilla" – contentious in itself following the press release in 2005 upon Charles' marriage to Camilla indicating "Mrs Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne" – "Queen Consort" is the traditional title for the wife of the reigning monarch, BBC reports.

She will therefore not use the title of "Queen" in the same way Queen Elizabeth II has, but as wife to the future king, Prince Charles.  

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