On Saturday, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II paved the way for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to be called queen once Prince Charles becomes King of England.
In a statement, Elizabeth, 95, said it was her “sincere wish that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as the queen consort as she continues her loyal service.” A consort is the partner of the reigning monarch.
The announcement seemed to resolve a sensitive issue for Camilla, the second wife of Prince Charles, eldest son of Elizabeth and heir to the throne. The two became romantically involved during Charles’s marriage to Diana, the Princess of Wales, who was killed in a car accident in 1997.
Camilla, who married Charles in 2005, has long been insulted by British tabloids, who have sometimes called her the most hated woman in the country. It has been widely speculated that she would hold the title of princess consort, not queen consort, once Charles became king.
But Camilla has become more popular with the public over the years. Elizabeth recently named her Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, a strong show of support.
In her Saturday message, which she signed “Your servant Elizabeth,” the queen said she was “eternally grateful for” and “humbled” by the support she received from around the world during her reign, which began seven decades ago on Sunday. about the death of his father, King George VI.
“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Carlo becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you gave me” he said in the statement.
The royal family has been the source of many recent intrigues. Elizabeth’s second son, Prince Andrew, was being sued in New York by a woman who says he sexually abused her when she was a teenager, and the Queen recently stripped him of her military titles. In March, Prince Harry and his biracial wife Meghan gave a sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the couple accused the royal family of callous and racist behavior towards them.
The 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign, known as her Platinum Jubilee, comes at a dark time for Britain as a whole, plagued along with the rest of the world by two years of a devastating pandemic. The country’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, is embroiled in a drinking party scandal that violated lockdown restrictions.
But the queen struck an upbeat note in her message. “These past seven decades have seen extraordinary social, technological and cultural advances that have benefited us all,” she said, adding that she is “confident that the future will offer us similar opportunities.”