Camilla will not be Queen says Palace as she still ‘intends’ to snub title

Camilla will not be known as Queen when Prince Charles takes the throne as King, Clarence House has confirmed to Daily Star Online.

The Duchess of Cornwall, 72, still plans to snub the title Queen Consort – given to the monarch’s spouse – when the big day comes.

She will instead be known as "Princess Consort" when Her Majesty dies, as she initially planned when she and Charles got married in 2005.

Clarence House has confirmed to Daily Star Online this week in a statement that Camilla’s feelings on the issue has not changed.

It first issued a statement after Camilla and Charles’ marriage 15 years ago to say the Duchess "intended" to "use the title HRH The Princess Consort".

And in a new statement this week, Clarence House told us: “The intention is for The Duchess to be known as Princess Consort when The Prince accedes to the throne.”

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Camilla is reportedly believed to want to use the lesser-known Princess Consort title due to the public outcry that continues to surround Princess Diana’s death.

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But Prince Charles reportedly still wants his wife to take the top title of Queen Consort.

Speculation that Camilla had finally given in to her husband’s wishes mounted in 2018 when Clarence House’s official website removed a statement that said she would be known as Princess Consort.

Its FAQ section had previously included the question “will the Duchess become Queen when The Prince becomes King?”, but removed this when the website was revamped.

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However, Clarence House insisted the omission was because this was no longer a popular topic.

It said in a statement at the time: “Our frequently asked questions are updated regularly. This is one question (we have) not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features.”

Despite Clarence House reaffirming Camilla will be known as Princess Consort, she will still officially be Queen Consort by law.

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A law professor previously told Daily Star Online that although Camilla can choose to be called Princess Consort, she will still be Queen on paper.

Professor of public law at the University of Oxford, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, told Daily Star Online: “Camilla will be a ‘Queen’ in the limited legal sense of being the wife of the sovereign, or ‘Queen Consort’.”

The law professor, who is also a barrister at Francis Taylor Building, London, explained: “She cannot be forced to be called ‘Queen Consort’, but her role as the wife of the King is, by definition, that of Queen.

“This is, however, a very limited role, which need not involve the use of the title ‘Queen’.

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“It is clear that Camilla is the wife of Prince Charles, the future sovereign. The civil ceremony was valid. Permission for the marriage was given by the Privy Council in March 2005, under the Royal Marriages Act 1772. This cannot be any longer in dispute. So when he accedes to the throne, she will be the wife of the King.

“The wife of a head of state is not a joint head of state, however. The Sovereign reigns on his or her own. In that sense Camilla will be a ‘Queen’ in the limited legal sense of being the wife of the sovereign.

“She will be Queen for the purposes of the Treason Act 1351 and she may permitted to take the Coronation Oath, under the Coronation Act 1688, since that explicitly applies to the ‘King and Queen’.

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“She is also the sovereign’s ‘wife’ under section 2 of the Regency Act 1937 – having the right to certify, alongside two other relevant office holders, a King’s incapacity to hold office. But there are no other legal effects to her being married to the King.

“There is no constitutional office of royal spouse, or of ‘Queen Consort’. This should not be surprising. In all constitutional democracies, the spouse of the head of state (or any other official) has no legal function or role, only a symbolic and unifying one.

“So in these legal and symbolic senses, Camilla will be ‘Queen’, whether she wants it or not. But this does not entail that she will have a Royal title, which is a separate question.”

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