Queen backs plans to one day call her son’s wife ‘Queen Camilla’
Queen Elizabeth II offered her support on Saturday for the Duchess of Cornwall to become Queen Camilla – using a special Platinum Jubilee message to make an important decision to shape the future of Britain’s monarchy.
In remarks delivered on the eve of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the monarch expressed a ‘sincere wish’ that Camilla would be known as ‘Queen Consort’ when her eldest son Charles, the Prince of Wales, succeeds her as expected. to the throne. By giving him her blessing, the popular and respected sovereign attaches considerable importance to this decision.
“When, in due time, my son Charles becomes king, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me,” the monarch wrote. “And I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service.”
The post resolves an issue that has plagued the House of Windsor since Charles’ divorce from popular Princess Diana.
It took many in Britain years to forgive Charles, the man whose confessed infidelity caused the ‘people’s princess’ such pain before he died in a Paris car crash in 1997 But the public mood softened after Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 and she became the Duchess of Cornwall.
Although Camilla was instrumental in breaking up Charles’ first marriage, her down-to-earth style and sense of humor ultimately won over many Brits. Its warmth softened Charles’s hard edges and made him seem more approachable, if not happier, as he cut ribbons, unveiled plaques and waited for his chance to rule.
At the time of their wedding, royal aides had suggested Camilla did not want to be called Queen and ‘intended’ to be known as Princess Consort instead – a first in British history. But careful use of the word “intent” leads to the possibility of later change.
The move is seen as an effort to ensure a smooth transition to the future as the Queen navigates the twilight of her reign.
‘This is the most extraordinary message. The Queen is ensuring that the transition, if any, to her son as King is as seamless and problem-free as possible,’ the former royal correspondent said. BBC, Peter Hunt, to the Press Association “She is ensuring the continuity of an institution she has served for 70 years. And for Camilla, the journey of being the third person in a marriage to the Queen-in-waiting is over.”
The Queen also paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year after being her wife for decades, and to the work of his mother.
“I am lucky to have had the unfailing and loving support of my family. I have been blessed to have, in Prince Philip, a partner willing to step into the role of wife and selflessly make the sacrifices that come with it,’ she wrote. “It’s a role I saw my own mother play during my father’s reign.”
Earlier on Saturday, Elizabeth attended her biggest public engagement since a recent health crisis, mingling with guests at a reception ahead of her platinum birthday.
The monarch met members of the local community at a tea party at Sandringham, her country estate in the east of England where she normally spends her birthday. The 95-year-old queen leaned on a cane to chat with guests.
Despite recent concerns about her health, Elizabeth moved freely and seemed to use her stick more for support when she stopped moving rather than depending on it when walking around the room.
The monarch’s health has been a concern since she canceled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland in October and was quietly admitted to hospital overnight for preliminary tests. Doctors advised him to rest and limit himself to light tasks.
But in her message, she promised she would continue to serve and said she was optimistic about the upcoming platinum jubilee celebrations.
“I remember how grateful we can be,” she wrote. “The past seven decades have seen extraordinary social, technological and cultural advancements that have benefited us all; and I am confident that the future will provide similar opportunities for us, and especially for younger generations in the UK and across the Commonwealth.
The sovereign signed the message “Your Servant Elizabeth R.”
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