King Charles confirms Camilla’s unexpected new title
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With the coronation of King Charles III just a month away, the new monarch has officially confirmed the title his wife, Camilla, will go by.
Charles became king immediately after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, but he will not be officially crowned until the coronation takes place at Westminster Abbey on 6 May, 2023 - and yes, Brits are set to get an extra bank holiday!
It will be a big weekend for Charles, with the event set to 'reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry'.
The King isn't the only one taking part in the celebrations though, as Camilla will also be crowned alongside him.
Her new role in the royal family was initially marked with the title 'Queen Consort', which showed her support of the king in 'carrying out his work and duties', according to the royal family website.
However, Camilla's title is set to change soon to something that might take a lot of people by surprise.
It was announced as the world was given its first glimpse of the beautifully decorated coronation invitation, which is covered in colourful illustrations of flowers and has been sent to about 2,000 people.
Ours probably just got lost in the post. Be sure to keep an eye out.
The invitation reads: "The coronation of their majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla."
While 'Queen Consort' marked a change in title from our former monarch, Camilla's new title will officially lose the 'Consort' and make her simply 'Queen'.
If Disney films have taught us anything, it's that it's not unusual for there to be a King and Queen ruling the kingdom. But you probably remember that the Queen's husband, Prince Phillip, did not use the title 'King'.
Similar to Phillip, Camilla was originally set to inherit the title 'Princess consort' following the death of the Queen, but prior to her passing, Queen Elizabeth II announced that it was her 'sincere wish' that Camilla use the title 'Queen Consort' instead.
It might seem unfair, especially to Phillip, but the Queen's mother, King George VI’s wife, was also known as Queen Consort before becoming 'Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother', so the change wasn't unheard of.
A royal source cited by BBC News commented on the change as they suggested that 'Queen Consort' was used initially as a way of distinguishing Camilla from the late Queen Elizabeth, but now that her husband is set to be officially crowned, it is an 'appropriate time' for the change to take place.