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The Queen has expressed her “sincere wish” that the Duchess of Cornwall will become queen consort when Charles becomes king.

In a heartfelt message marking the 70th anniversary of her accession, the monarch made her desire clear, unambiguously paving the way for Queen Camilla.

When the Duchess married the Prince of Wales in 2005, it was clarified by Clarence House that she would bear the title HRH The Princess Consort.

It was long speculated that it was a title of convenience at a time when the Duchess was seen as less popular in the polls, due to her relationship with Charles when he was married to Diana, Princess of Wales.

It is understandable that Charles had long had a firm desire that his wife bear the title of queen consort, and thus be crowned and anointed, when he becomes king.

The Queen made it clear she supports this in a written message released on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s Accession Day.

In it, the Queen thanked the nation for the “loyalty and affection” she had received during her long reign.

She added: “And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know you will give him and his wife, Camilla, the same support you have given me; and I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a tour of the visitor center and walled garden during the reopening of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Chris Jackson/PA

The Queen recently showed her strong support for Camilla, making the Duchess a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, in recognition of her contribution to the monarchy.

Many observers saw this as a step towards confirmation that Camilla would be granted queen consort status.

Members of the Royal Family clearly feel that public opinion about Camilla has changed in recent years with her growing popularity, and that this historic moment in the Queen’s reign as she marks her platinum jubilee is a appropriate time to end speculation about Camilla’s future title.

At the time of her marriage to Charles, many questioned that she could not be called Princess Consort and that protocol dictated that she would be Queen Camilla anyway, in the same way the Queen Mother is became Queen Elizabeth when she married George VI.

The Queen, who will celebrate the 70th anniversary of her accession in private at Sandringham on Sunday, said in her message that it was still a day “even after 70 years, I still remember so much the death of my father, George VI, as to the beginning of my reign.

She renewed the promise she had first made in 1947 “that my life shall always be devoted to your service”.

Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast at Windsor Castle in 2021, alongside a photo of herself and Prince Philip taken in 2007 to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast at Windsor Castle in 2021, alongside a photo of herself and Prince Philip taken in 2007 to mark their diamond wedding anniversary. Photograph: Victoria Jones/AP

She also paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April aged 99 after being by her side for 73 years of marriage.

She said: “I am blessed to have had the unwavering and loving support of my family.

“I was fortunate to have a partner in Prince Philip who was willing to play the role of husband and make the sacrifices that come with it.

“It’s a role I saw my own mother play during my father’s reign.”

She reflected on the “goodwill shown to me by people of all nationalities, faiths and ages in this country and around the world over these years”.

“I remain forever grateful and humbled by the loyalty and affection you continue to give me.”

It is not the first time that the Queen has expressed her “sincere wish” on a delicate issue.

In 2018, she assured that Charles would succeed her as head of the Commonwealth, after much debate over who would succeed him.

She expressed her views the day before the meeting of senior government officials from the 53-nation body at Windsor Castle, saying it was her ‘sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to provide stability and continuity for future generations and one day decides the Prince of Wales”. must continue the important work started by my father in 1949″.

Unsurprisingly, after this declaration, the Commonwealth agreed that Charles, who was not a universally popular choice, should succeed his mother as leader.

Camilla would technically have been queen when Charles came to the throne, and only legislation would have prevented that.

But royal aides insisted, when she married Charles in 2005, that Camilla did not want to be queen and originally said the former Ms Parker Bowles ‘intended’ to be instead known as the Princess Consort – the first in British history – instead.

All mention of “Princess Consort” was removed from Charles’ website during a 2018 redesign.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said: “This is the most extraordinary message. The Queen is ensuring that the transition, if any, to her son as King is as seamless and without problem as possible.

“She ensures the sustainability of an institution she has served for 70 years. And for Camilla, the journey of being the third person in a marriage to the queen-in-waiting is over.

Women married to a monarch have always been crowned queen consort.

This was the case for George VI’s wife, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and for George V’s wife, Queen Mary, the Queen’s grandmother.

The exception was Queen Mary II who, with her husband King William III, was co-sovereign from 1689 to 1694.

The royal website used to state: “A queen consort is crowned by the king, in a similar but simpler ceremony.”

But after Charles married Camilla, he added the exit clause “unless decided otherwise”.

Queen Victoria’s husband Albert was made Prince Consort 17 years after getting married. He worked diligently to win the affection of the public after suffering initial hostility.

Victoria had wanted him to be king consort when they married, but then Prime Minister Lord Melbourne ruled him out.

The Duke of Edinburgh did not hold the title of Prince Consort, having rejected the offer in the early years of the Queen’s reign.

Queen consort vs queen regnant

Camilla may be destined to be a queen but not the queen.

The queen is the reigning queen, a female monarch equivalent in rank and title to a king, who rules in her own right. A queen consort is the wife of a reigning king.

While a queen regnant possesses and exercises sovereign powers, a queen consort – such as the queen’s mother, who became Queen Elizabeth when George VI became king – does not formally share powers with her consort.