Camilla heartbreak: Why Kate Middleton will be Queen but Camilla won’t

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, married into the Royal Family in 2005. Upon her marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla became known as Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. She will one day sit beside Charles when he becomes king. But why will Kate, Duchess of Cambridge be Queen when Camilla will not be able to hold this title?

Camilla married Charles in Windsor in 2005 and began using the Duchess of Cornwall title from that time.

In Scotland, she uses the title of Duchess of Rothesay.

Camilla was also entitled to use her husband’s second designation: Princess of Wales.

But she has never used the title out of respect for the late Princess Diana, due to its strong association with her.

Prince Charles is the heir apparent, which means he will be the next king after the Queen.

He has held this title since his mother ascended the throne in 1952.

When he ascends the throne, Camilla would be entitled to a new title.

Camilla is expected to become princess consort rather than queen consort.

Before the couple were married, Clarence House announced: “It is intended that Mrs Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”

She is also not entitled to use the princess title in her own right now.

Camilla therefore could officially be known as Princess Charles.

Traditionally wives of the reigning king become queen consorts.

But according to Slate, Camilla being named thus “would create PR problems for the royals.”

A spokesperson told the Times: “The intention is for the duchess to be known as princess consort when the prince accedes to the throne.

“This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.”

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But this “PR problem” does not apply to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge who is likely to become Queen Kate when Prince William becomes King.

When Prince William and Kate married in 2011, she inherited the title of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig told Insider: “If the Queen had not created William a duke, Catherine would be styled as HRH Princess William of Wales.”

Technically, Kate is not permitted to shorten her title to Duchess Catherine or Duchess Kate as it is not technically correct.

The only time Kate will be permitted to use her first name after title is when Prince William becomes King.

The Duchess of Cambridge will become Queen Consort.

Therefore she will become known as Queen Catherine or Queen Kate.

The official coronation page on the Royal Family’s website reads: “Unless decided otherwise, a Queen consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony”.

The website also clarifies a key difference between the spouses of kings and queens.

The website reads: “If the new Sovereign is a Queen, her consort is not crowned or anointed at the coronation ceremony.”

Wives of the king traditionally take on the Queen consort title and as such Prince Charles has reportedly pushed for Camilla to take on this title in recent years.

Speculation about Camilla taking on this new title was renewed in 2018 when Clarence House’s official website removed a statement that said she would be known as Princess Consort.

The statement to the Daily Star read: “Our frequently asked questions are updated regularly. This is one question (we have) not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features.”

A spokesperson for the University College London’s constitutional unit told The Times: “Prince Charles will no doubt have regard to public opinion at the time of his accession, in deciding whether Camilla should become queen; and he may also want to seek the advice of the government of the day.”

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