Queen Elizabeth has spoken: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be known as Queen Consort when Prince Charles takes the throne one day.
“I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me," the 95-year-old announced on Saturday, February 5. “And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me. And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
The day before, the Queen held a reception at Sandringham House, which was her first outing of the year.
“Tomorrow, February 6, marks the 70th anniversary of my Accession in 1952. It is a day that, even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign," her address stated. “As we mark this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service. As I look ahead with a sense of hope and optimism to the year of my Platinum Jubilee, I am reminded of how much we can be thankful for."
“These last seven decades have seen extraordinary progress socially, technologically and culturally that have benefitted us all; and I am confident that the future will offer similar opportunities to us and especially to the younger generations in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth," the message continued. “I am fortunate to have had the steadfast and loving support of my family. I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it. It is a role I saw my mother perform during my father’s reign."
Expert Penny Junor previously shared that she thought the Queen's announcement about Camilla would be coming sooner than later.
"I have a suspicion that she will be called Queen because I think Charles would find it very humiliating to call her anything else," she explained on "Podcast Royal." "He is hugely proud of her, hugely grateful to her, for all that she has sacrificed to be with him ... though Clarence House has always protested and said, 'No, No she will be Princess Consort.'"