Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are “ideal partners” following Her Majesty’s announcements that Camilla will be Queen, a royal expert has said.
Her Majesty gave Camilla her seal of approval by publicly telling the nation it is her “sincere wish” that Camilla will be known as Queen Consort when the Prince of Wales becomes King.
There have been years of controversy over what Camilla’s title may be as she previously decided to to use the Princess of Wales title out of respect.
In her statement, the Queen said: “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 that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes the Queen’s announcement has come after the public showed that they have “warmed" to Camilla.
Mr Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star: “This is a dramatic announcement in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Message, which is far sighted and perspicacious.
"The Queen recently appointed Camilla to be a member of the Order of the Garter, a clear sign of her favour and the public have warmed to her.
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“She and Prince Charles are obviously ideal partners and her charitable work has been most impressive. She has handled her public appearances extremely well.”
Camilla is currently the Princess of Wales but does not use the title out of respect for Charles’ first wife Princess Diana.
It was thought that Camilla may have been given a lower ranking title such as Princess Consort, similar to Prince Philip’s Prince Consort.
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However, Mr Fitzwilliams said there was no “historical precedent” for the title to be used and had the Queen not made a clear stance, it may have been an issue when Charles took the throne.
He added: “The title Princess Consort, which it had been claimed she would take, has no historical precedent and if the issue had not been sorted, it would have been a matter of controversy when Charles became King.
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“This settles matters. It has been an extremely difficult time for the royal family but the institution needed clarification on this issue which the Queen, on the historic anniversary of her accession to the throne, has provided.”
Charles and Camilla were said to be “touched and honoured” by the Queen’s gesture on the eve of her Ascension Day.
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to his “darling” wife as he congratulated his mother, the Queen, over her dedication to the monarchy on her historic Platinum Jubilee.
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The message from Charles read: “As we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.
“The year of this unprecedented Platinum Jubilee brings an opportunity for us all to come together in celebrating the service of The Queen, by whose example we will continue to be led in the years to come.”
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