The Duchess of Cornwall was elevated to Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, an accolade granted by the Queen herself. The honour is one of the UK’s most prestigious order of chivalry and was awarded to the 74-year-old in recognition of her contribution to the monarchy and the country.
Writing for the Daily Mail, columnist Robert Hardman said the order was “a strong hint” that Camilla could be named Queen rather than Princess Consort.
The official position of the Firm is that the duchess will be styled the Princess Consort when Charles ascends to the throne, a position agreed after her 2005 wedding to the Prince of Wales.
Mr Hardman writes: “It is an increasingly incongruous title given that the wife of a King is always Queen.
“The Royal Family do not want to go near this subject since it invokes memories of the prince’s divorce from Diana and the dark days after her death.
Camilla’s new honour is ‘strong hint’ she could be named Queen
The accolade was gifted to Camilla by the Queen herself
“It is an issue for another day.
“This honour, though, makes it pretty clear what the current Monarch thinks.”
The Garter was created by King Edward III in 1348 and is an accolade awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievement.
Camilla’s appointment was a gift from the monarch and was made without Prime Ministerial advice.
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Hugo Vickers, author of Royal Orders and an authority on the Garter, said: “It’s an indication of the Queen’s total confidence in the Duchess of Cornwall.”
The comments come after the Queen gave a special nod to Camilla during her Christmas speech as she paid an emotional tribute to her late husband Prince Philip.
She said: “He was also an early champion of taking seriously our stewardship of the environment.
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The Queen gave a special nod to Camilla during her Christmas speech
“I am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine – most recently at the COP climate change summit in Glasgow.”