Will Camilla ever be Queen? Latest on royal family tree and accession to throne
THE DUCHESS of Cornwall will become Queen when Prince Charles eventually takes the British throne, a royal butler has suggested.
Prince Charles married the Duchess of Cornwall more than a decade ago and some believe that he intends to make her Queen Camilla one day.
This would mark a reversal of a previous plan, dating back to their 2005 marriage, to style her as Princess Consort instead.
There is ongoing uncertainty over her potential title, which will not be officially confirmed until Charles eventually succeeds the Queen.
But according to the Daily Star Online, one long-time royal butler says Camilla will agree to Prince Charles’s request for her to become Queen.
“Does she want to do it (be Queen)? No,” the royal butler told Daily Star Online. “But she loves him, so obviously she’s going to end up having to for him.”
The final decision does not lie with Prince Charles – it is said Camilla’s position as Queen will come down to public opinion.
Camilla has cemented her place in the Royal Family in recent years and the Queen even elevated her to the Privy Council in June 2016.
The Queen’s promotion of Camilla was seen by many as possible signal that her son and heir intends to make her Queen Camilla.
In 2012 the Queen also made Camilla a Grand Dame Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of her personal service to the monarchy.
But there are signs that Camilla still needs to win over more of the British public. A ComRes poll in 2015 found that 55 per cent of Britons still believe that she should not become Queen.
Before their marriage in 2005, Clarence House indicated that Camilla she had no desire for the role and wanted to be known as Princess Consort.
The official wedding announcement said: “It is intended that Mrs Parker Bowles should use the title HRH the Princess Consort when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.”
But Clarence House seems to have backtracked since then and now declines to comment on what Camilla’s title will be once Charles is King.
Her title will not be officially confirmed until his ascension. At this point, Charles will also reveal if he plans to take on another name as King. George VII has been suggested by some commentators.
Queen Elizabeth’s father was named Albert, and known as Bertie, but he chose to become George VI when he inherited the throne. Queen Victoria decreed that thet should never be a King Albert.
According to precedent, the wives of ruling Kings become Queen consorts but the husbands of sovereign Queens do not have the right to a title.
This is the reason why the Duke of Edinburgh is not known as King Philip. The Prince was given his title in 1957, five years after Elizabeth II became Queen.
Queen Victoria’s husband Albert – Elizabeth’s great-great grandfather – was also known as Prince Consort during her reign.
But the practice could change in the future after the law of succession was changed to eradicate another vestige of sexism in Britain’s constitution.
The 2013 Succession to the Crown Act ended the previous controversial rule that Princes took precedence over elder sisters in the order of succession.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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