Queen Elizabeth II has announced that Camilla, wife of the Queen’s oldest son Prince Charles, will inherit her title when Charles becomes King.
During her Platinum Jubilee where she celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the 95-year-old monarch gave the people of Britain a glimpse of what the future holds for the British royal family.
“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. And 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.”
The Queen went on to say that Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.
Many royal enthusiasts speculate that Camilla choosing to take the title of Queen Consort is a recognition of the sensitivities around a title that was always meant to go to Princess Diana, Charles’ former wife.
When Queen Elizabeth will officially hand over the reins is still unsure, but the announcement marks a step in that direction as it’s the first time in her 70 years at the throne that her successor has been mentioned.
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