The Daily Star: Due to the law, Camilla will be Queen despite her wish for a lower title

Aug 21, 2018
01:09 A.M.

Whether she likes it or not, Duchess Camilla will be Queen when Prince Charles takes over the British throne, as revealed by the Daily Star.


When Queen Elizabeth II steps down from the throne, Prince Charles will be the King, and as much as she previously wished for a lower title, Camilla will have to accept her significant role as Queen.

In the past, Camilla was persistent in saying that she only wanted the lesser role of Princess Consort.

In fact, after she and Prince Charles were married, Clarence House issued a statement saying that Camilla had “intended” to assume the title HRH The Princess Consort.


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Despite her wishes, a professor of public law at the University of Oxford explained that Camilla will still be Queen Consort, which is the title given to the wife of a monarch.

Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis said to the publication, “Camilla will be a ‘Queen’ in the limited legal sense of being the wife of the sovereign, or ‘Queen Consort.’”


Eleftheriadis said that she can be known as Princess Consort, although it will still depend on Prince Charles’s decisions later on, but on paper, she will be Queen Consort.

“She cannot be forced to be called ‘Queen Consort,’ but her role as the wife of the King is, by definition, that of Queen. This is, however, a very limited role, which need not involve the use of the title ‘Queen,’” continued the law professor.


Eleftheriadis explained that when Prince Charles takes over the throne, Camilla will be the wife of the King without question since their marriage was valid.


Their wedding was permitted by the Privy Council in March 2005 and was acted upon under the Royal Marriages Act 1772.


Even though she will be known as Queen, Eleftheriadis said being the wife of a head of state does not mean she is to become part of a joint head of state since the Sovereign has to lead on his or her own.

It means that Camilla’s duties as the Queen will be as the wife of the sovereign.

“There is no constitutional office of royal spouse, or of ‘Queen Consort.’ This should not be surprising. In all constitutional democracies, the spouse of the head of state (or any other official) has no legal function or role, only a symbolic and unifying one,” said Eleftheriadis.

By the end of the interview, Eleftheriadis said that Camilla could only assume the official occupation of a Princess Consort if a whole new law is to be created.

Meanwhile, in connection with Camilla’s relationship to Prince Charles, she once opened up in an interview about her pain and struggles about Prince Charles in the past.

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