QUEEN CAMILLA certainly has a ring to it but would royal fans really be comfortable using the term to refer to the Duchess of Cornwall when Prince Charles ascends the throne? Vote in our poll below to have your say.
The Prince of Wales is lined up to inherit his mother’s position after she passes away and has made no secret of his willingness to to prepare for the enormity of the role. The Queen’s eldest son has seen his royal responsibilities skyrocket in recent years as he anticipates the huge life change coming his way. In the two years since the palace announced Prince Philip’s retirement from royal duties, Charles has use the void as a stepping stone to help him get ready for the appointment of his lifetime.
This year he was at his mother’s side at the opening of Parliament in October and laid a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday on her behalf.
But while many royal fans have little doubt in their minds about Charles’ acceptance of his future role after years of suggestions he was not comfortable with the prospect, it’s a different story when it comes to Camilla.
The duchess has worked hard to change the public’s perception of her since marring the Queen’s son in 2005.
This has no doubt been welcomed by Charles, 71, as he waits in the wings for the couple’s changing roles.
Camilla, 72, has sought to show her desire to flip public opinion by joining Charles on royal tours and also carrying out solo engagements.
In 2017 PR executive Roddi Vaughan-Thomas of OBS Communications called Camilla’s turnaround “fantastic”.
He told NBC News: “Her image has been transformed, a carefully managed makeover, and they have done a fantastic job rehabilitating her (reputation).”
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But it seems her hard work may not be enough to convince Britons she is worthy of the title of Queen Consort.
It was previously thought she would be known as the Princess Consort after the Queen has passed away but this is not longer widely expected.
The title of Queen Consort is the honour many royal experts now believe she will be given.
But former royal butler Grant Harrold cited the risk of a pubic backlash as a reason why the palace may steer clear of handing Camilla any new title.
Mr Harold told Express.co.uk: “Prince Charles made it very clear that when he was King, she’d be Princess Consort.
Charles and Camilla wed in a civil ceremony in 2005 (Image: EXPRESS)
“In fact, the Palace actually stated that.”
“But recently somebody told me they’ve taken that away and it created speculation as to whether when the prince becomes the King, will she then be the Queen?
“It is very difficult to say because as you can see with the downfall with the expenses, the public has very strong opinion and views.”
Yesterday, as Charles and Camilla made their way from church in Sandringham, they showed their down-to-earth nature by stopping to chat to a group of well-wishers before walking back to the Queen’s nearby country mansion.