Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will now be known as Queen Consort after her husband, King Charles III, succeeded to the throne upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Historically, the king’s wife would have been given the title, but after Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana in 1996, the situation became more problematic.
The Church of England held a very anti-divorce stance during their time of separation. Many people felt that Camilla should not have been given the title out of respect for Diana, who was and is held in high esteem by the public.
On the eve of the 70th anniversary of her reign, the Queen finally settled the subject of Camilla’s title in February. In a statement, Queen Elizabeth II said she hoped Camilla “will be recognized as Queen Consort as she continues her own faithful service” when the time came.
Camilla has two children from her marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles, a British army officer, which took place in 1973. The couple split up in 1995. Before and during Charles’s first two marriages, Camilla and he maintained an on-and-off romantic relationship.
In 2005, Camilla and Charles tied the knot in the Windsor Guildhall and afterwards had a broadcast Anglican blessing in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
She is involved with many different groups as either a patron, president or member. Camilla has been working to bring attention to the issue of osteoporosis since 1994, and her efforts have been recognized with several prizes and accolades. She has also helped bring attention to issues including rape, sexual assault, illiteracy, animal rights, and poverty. As of the 8th of September 2022, after the passing of her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla became queen consort.