Queen Camilla will be given a new title when Prince William becomes King one day.
Due to the unfamiliar path in which Camilla entered the Royal Family, her roles and titles have been the subject of plenty of uncertainty and debate over the years. During King Charles Coronation earlier this month, Camilla was given the title of Queen.
If King Charles dies before Camilla the question of what role the now Queen will have is uncertain. She would not become the monarch as that is passed down the bloodline and so the Prince of Wales is the heir to the throne.
So her new title would be the Queen Dowager as the widow of the King, which is a title that was first used by Queen Adelaide in 1830.
In recent years the last example where a spouse outlived the monarch was Queen Elizabeth’s late mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who was married to King George Vl and was known as the Queen Mother.
Camilla’s situation has been unusual due to the way that she was originally Charles’ lover. Princess Diana and Charles divorced in 1992.
It also meant that while she technically became the Princess of Wales when she married Charles in 2005, because that title was associated so much with Diana, instead she was known as the Duchess of Cornwall.
Then it was thought that she would be known as the Princess Consort when Charles became King because the public might not have welcomed her as Queen.
But over time Camilla has won over many and the late Queen during the Platinum Jubilee stated: “It is my sincere wish that, when the time comes Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
An indication that she would go on to just be known as the Queen came ahead of the Coronation and the world consort was dropped for the new edition of the bible.
It stated: “To commemorate the Coronation of their majesties King Charles lll and Queen Camilla. In the Abbey Church of St Peter. Westminster. The sixth day of May 2023.”
It was also reportedly said earlier this year by a royal insider: "There’s a view in the Palace that Queen Consort is cumbersome and it might be simpler for Camilla to be known just as the Queen when the time is right.”
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