The royal family has been occupying the news headlines since the coronation of King Charles III was announced, and the day it was held, all the world’s attention was towards Westminister Abbey, United Kingdom, which swamped the news headlines with all celebrities and legendary people’s appearance and the royal accessories and dresses the royal family members wore which was worth a talk, It has been a hustle of information and exciting news for the common people to take in.
But did it stop there? No, there are still discussions about the crown’s history and other pieces of stuff like that since the coronation has stirred the pot of curiosity in the minds of many. Today we are going to discuss one of those curiosities, or you may call it a doubt which has arisen in people’s minds and is making headlines now, which is, why is Camilla titled as the Queen and not consort? (Queen Consort). So, if you are also here to learn about Camilla’s title or just want to know about some royal tea, then this article is for you.
Therefore, today in this article, we will be talking about why Camilla is not referred to as Queen Consort but Queen and the history of Camilla with King Charles in Itsy bitsy pieces. In addition, we shall also go through the difference between a Queen and a Queen of Consort in brief. Now without making you wait any longer, let us get started.
King Charles III met Queen Camilla Parker for the very first time at a royal park called Windsor Great Park during a polo match. The pair unveiled the fact that they both had a well-going sense of humor alongside matching love and interest for the outdoors and polo in 1970.
Though King Charles III was already smitten with Camilla at that time, he could not marry her, considering Princess Diana was much younger than her, which put her in a place where she was very likely to give birth to the royal heir. Nonetheless, after Diana’s death and a long journey of courtship, King Charles III tied the knot with Camilla in April 2005.
Before jumping to our primary concern for the day, we shall take a look at the difference between a Queen and a Queen of consort for you to get a better understanding of the whole concept.
A Queen can be defined as a woman who is the rightful monarch or is ascended by the sovereign powers to the throne, even though the royal family line which can be applied to the late Queen Elizabeth, who rose to acquire the powers in her hands after the death of King George VI, her father in 1952. This can also be titled “Queen Reagnant” officially.
While Queen Consort means the spouse of the rightful monarch to the throne, the King’s wife, in this case, is referred to as Queen Consort officially according to the Royal Family’s rules. Unlike the ruling authorities (The King and Queen), a Queen Consort does not have any government duties. Their role is to provide the King with moral support and make public appearances for charities, events, and engagements.
Why Is Camilla The Queen And Not The Consort? Explained.
Camilla Parker is the wife of the reigning monarch, King Charles, for 17 years and not the monarch herself. As mentioned above, being a spouse to the sovereign monarch, she should officially be referred to as the Queen Consort and not the Queen. However, she is called “Queen Camilla,” which is just a shortened version of her official title, and calling Camilla the Queen does not change the official rules of her being a Consort.
It is also worth mentioning that no Queen Consort has ever been called by that before, and the title is simply shortened and instructed to drop the term “Consort” as it is a historical rule they follow. Even the prior Queen Consorts, like Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Alexandra, and the Queen Mother, were simply called Queen Empress or Queen instead of Queen Consorts.
Though the confusions are understandable, considering Camilla’s history with the royal family and its titles put her in a more controversial and complex place than her ancestors.