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Neil Shaw

What Queen Camilla's title will be if she outlives King Charles

Queen Camilla saw a change of title on the eve on the coronation as she was elevated from Queen Consort to Queen, something Queen Elizabeth had said she wanted to happen. But in the event that she outlives her husband, King Charles III, her title will change again.

In that circumstance, Charles's son William will become King, and Kate, Princess of Wales will become Queen.

Queen Camilla's title will then have to change. 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, reports The Mirror.

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 as she in Charles's second wife and not mother to the heirs to the throne. 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 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 when the word consort was dropped from official documents.

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