Queen Elizabeth II has announced that she wants Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, to be known as “queen consort” when he takes the throne.
The Queen, 95, said in a message marking the 70th anniversary of her reign, also called Platinum Jubilee, that it was her “sincere wish” that the Duchess of Cornwall would be known by that title.
It has been speculated that Duchess Camilla would be called princess consort when Prince Charles becomes king, but the Queen’s statement paves the way for her to be known as Queen Camilla in the future, the BBC reported. This would also mean that Camilla will be able to have a fully-fledged royal role beside her husband when the time comes.
Queen Elizabeth’s message, which marked her accession to the throne in 1952, revealed the monarch’s vision for when it’s time for the Prince of Wales to take over her role.
“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,” the Queen wrote.
Queen Elizabeth, who is the first monarch in history to reach 70 years on the British throne, also reflected on the anniversary and thanked supporters around the globe.
“I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbors and communities – after some difficult times for so many of us – in order to enjoy the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day lives that have so happily coincided with my reign,” the monarch continued.
In her message, the Queen renewed the pledge she first made in 1947, saying that “my life will always be devoted to your service.” She also mentioned the extraordinary progress she witnessed in the last seven decades and said she is confident that the younger generations will have the same opportunities.
Her Majesty also acknowledged her family’s “steadfast and loving support.” Queen Elizabeth said she considers herself “blessed” that she had Prince Philip as a partner who was “willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it.”
“This anniversary also affords me a time to reflect on the goodwill shown to me by people of all nationalities, faiths and ages in this country and around the world over these years,” the Queen added. “I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.”
Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history by more than a decade when he died at age 99 on April 9 last year.
The Queen’s personal endorsement comes weeks after the monarch awarded Duchess Camilla the highest honor possible due to her service to the sovereign.
Duchess Camilla was appointed a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter, which is the most senior order of knighthood in the British honors system.
The Queen also named Baroness Valerie Ann Amos a Lady Companion and gave former Prime Minister Tony Blair the title of Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. The appointments became effective Jan. 1.
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