It is a decision that no one expected. On February 6, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne of England, Queen Elizabeth II expressed her wish to see Camilla Parker Bowles inherit the title of “queen consort” when her son, the prince Charles, will accede to the throne. “I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service,” the sovereign wrote in a statement.
Technically, according to protocol, Camilla Parker Bowles should have ascended to the title of Queen Consort without the Queen’s consent. However, in 2005, it was decided that she would only have the title of “princess consort”, in order to appease public opinion. Indeed, the marriage of Prince Charles to his first love was, at the time, not seen with a very good eye by the British, who still have the bitter memory of the first wife of the prince, Princess Diana. . Sixteen years later, Queen Elizabeth II obviously believes that the past belongs to the past and gives Camille Parker Bowles the title that should be his.
“It’s a great honor”
Invited to the BBC to talk about her work against domestic violence, the main interested party recently reacted to this announcement, admitting that she was very honored by her mother-in-law’s decision. “Of course it’s a great honor, it couldn’t be anything else,” she soberly said, stressing that the Queen’s confidence could help her in the fight against violence against women, a cause she will continue to fight for once queen consort. “It helps. I’m going to keep fighting for these causes. You know, if I start something like this, I’m not going to stop halfway, I’m going to keep trying to help people (. ..).”
On the death of Queen Elizabeth II, while Camille Parker Bowles will become queen consort, Prince Charles, new King of England, will inherit the supreme title of Majesty as well as that of defender of the (Anglican) faith.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles © GOFF INF