Camilla, formerly the Duchess of Cornwall, is now officially known as the Queen Consort following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on Thursday.
Her Majesty’s son, Charles, automatically succeeded his mother as the nation’s monarch upon her passing, meaning the new King’s wife, Camilla, became Her Majesty The Queen Consort.
She is already listed as such on the official website of the Royal Family.
Here, Yahoo News UK explains what the term means and what Camilla’s role will be.
What does Queen Consort mean?
It means she is the wife of the King.
The wife of a King automatically becomes a Queen Consort and only a change in legislation can prevent this from happening.
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Given the past, and well-documented, controversies surrounding Camilla and Charles’s relationship, there had been years of debate over whether she would actually use the title.
Royal aides had insisted Camilla did not want to be a Queen and that she “intended” to be known as the Princess Consort when Charles acceded to the throne. This would have been unprecedented.
However, the word “intended” left this open to change in the future.
Nonetheless, the government and other experts said that unless there was a change in the law, Camilla would still legally become Queen Consort when Charles became King, no matter what she chose to call herself.
In any case, Queen Elizabeth, on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee in February this year, endorsed Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when the time came.
She said it was her “sincere wish” that Camilla would take the title and called on the public to back both her daughter-in-law and Charles when he became King.
Camilla later said she felt “very honoured and very touched” by the public seal of approval.
She will be crowned at Charles’s side at his coronation, just as the last Queen Consort, the Queen Mother, was.
She is expected to wear the Queen Mother’s 1937 coronation crown.
What will Camilla's role be?
As set out on the Royal Family website: "Her Majesty The Queen Consort (formerly HRH The Duchess of Cornwall) supports her husband, formerly The Prince of Wales, now His Majesty The King, in carrying out his work and duties.
"She also undertakes public engagements on behalf of the charities that she supports."
In recent years, Camilla had gradually taken on a more prominent position within the Royal Family, including riding next to the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee carriage procession.
She also began to attend the State Opening of Parliament.
She was made a Privy Counsellor in 2016 ahead of the Queen’s official 90th birthday, meaning she will be beside Charles when he is formally proclaimed monarch at the Accession Council.
Through charity work championing literacy, and highlighting the problem of domestic abuse and sexual violence, Camilla has carved out her own royal role.