When Queen Elizabeth II passes away, her son, Prince Charles, will inherit the throne as the new King of England. But will his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, assume the title as the Queen of England? She currently serves as the Duchess of Cornwall, but it remains uncertain if she will ever follow in 91-year-old Elizabeth’s footsteps.
When Camilla, 70, married Charles, 68, in a small, civil ceremony in April 2005, Clarence House revealed that she would be known as “Her Royal Highness, the Princess Consort” when her husband eventually accedes the throne. However, royal enthusiasts are now speculating that the Palace might allow Camilla to be Queen after all.
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The U.K.’s Express reports that Clarence House now refuses to comment on Camilla’s future title. According to Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, “Most of the constitutional experts agree that by common law and tradition [Camilla] is entitled to be Queen.”
Back in April, Bedell told People that the Palace was initially hesitant to groom Camilla as Britain’s next queen since her public image had been tainted by her highly publicized affair with Prince Charles. Camilla had been involved with the prince years before he divorced his wife, the beloved late Princess Diana, in August 1996.
“It was obviously fudged when they got married. Diana was so uppermost in many peoples’ minds. So they concocted the notion of a Princess Consort which is made up. They obviously have worked very hard to have her accepted and she has been accepted,” Bedell explained. “If she were anything less than Queen Consort it would imply inferiority on her part.”