Consort to be ‘quietly dropped’ from Queen Camilla’s title

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 last month, there has been plenty of changing and reshuffling taking place within the Royal Family. For example, formerly known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, are now the Prince and Princess of Wales, whilst King Charles III has ascended to the throne as Her Majesty's heir.

By Charles' side is his wife of seventeen years, Camilla, who for a long time has been the victim of trolling and misogyny. Despite being married to the former Prince of Wales, Camilla never assumed the title of Princess of Wales, a move believed to be out of respect for King Charles' first wife, Princess Diana, who was immensely popular with the public. However, prior to Queen Elizabeth II's death, she shared a heartfelt statement making it known that following her passing, her "sincere wish" was for Camilla to be known and accepted as Queen Consort (a title given to the wife of the reigning King).

Now, however, it seems that Camilla could be in for a further title change, as The Telegraph reports that royal aides hope to quietly drop 'Consort' from Queen Camilla’s title to bring her in line with centuries of wives of Kings before her.

Former consorts in modern history, including the Queen Mother, have been called by the simpler title of 'Queen' plus their name: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra. So far, an exception has been made for Camilla, who has willingly taken the title of Queen Consort as a mark of respect for public opinion.

But according to The Telegraph's source, the Queen Camilla title is expected to be formally adopted in time for King Charles III's coronation in May 2023.

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And the insider isn't the only one to predict the title change, as an editor at The Times claimed that they were instructed to refer to Camilla simply as 'The Queen' once the national mourning period came to an end.

History Correspondent & Deputy Diary Editor, Jack Blackburn, tweeted about the change, saying: "Many will be pleased to know that The Times’ writers have been instructed to drop the term the Queen Consort. Whatever clarifying use it had during the mourning period has expired. Queen Camilla is now to be referred to as such or, if there is no risk of confusion, as The Queen."

Blackburn continued on to say that The Times is a "paper of record" when it comes to royal titles and that given the death of Queen Elizabeth II is still very recent, there is still some confusion as to how best to refer to her, if Camilla is to be known as 'The Queen' moving forward.

"We have not been directed as to how we should refer to Elizabeth II, with that title sounding far too formal and blunt a transition. I imagine 'the late Queen' will suffice for an extended period of time. After then, the old Queen perhaps? Or maybe straight to Elizabeth II?," Blackburn said, before commenting on the title of 'Queen Consort' itself.

"It is interesting as to why Queen Consort stuck. I suppose the chief reason was unfamiliarity with having one. It was on the statement announcing the late Queen's death and so perhaps people thought it was proper. However, no Queen has ever had that title in their style.

"Queen Mary was Queen Empress while her husband lived, before reverting to Queen Mary. The other probable reason why it took hold was Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. This was a one-off, in order to differentiate between the two Queen Elizabeths."

In reference to the Royal Family's website still referring to Camilla as 'The Queen Consort', Blackburn remarked that it is an 'awkward designation'. "Plenty of our readers agree," he added. "The Palace and the paper of record are simply having a disagreement over style."

He also explained that despite Queen Elizabeth II's statement requesting for Camilla to be known as 'Queen Consort', that it wasn't entirely clear as to what she meant on that front. "Did it indicate a wish that Camilla be a Queen? Or was it a statement of a preferred title which has never been used before?" Blackburn questioned, adding that a "monarch cannot bind the hands of their successor".

Cosmopolitan UK has also reached out directly to the Palace for comment.

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