COP26: Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at the event in Glasgow
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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall already claimed a series of titles when she joined the Royal Family in 2005, including the style Princess of Wales she opted not to use due to the persisting association with Princess Diana. Clarence House announced upon her marriage to Prince Charles the Duchess would not take on the title of Queen Consort in favour of the Princess Consort style. But regardless of her primary name she will be known as, Camilla will be able to take on a second, equally important, title when the Prince of Wales becomes king.
Discussion about Camilla future title emerged amid speculation about the Queen nominating a new counsellor of state to take over from current counsellors Prince Harry, who now lives abroad, and Prince Andrew, who is officially on a temporary break from duties.
Bangor University constitutional law expert Dr Craig Prescott said: “The Counsellors of State are a Plan B from a constitutional point of view, but what happens when Plan B isn’t quite ideal?
“The Queen may look to add the Duchess of Cornwall, who would become a Counsellor of State when Charles is King anyway.
“Or they could go down the line to Princesses Beatrice or Eugenie, or add more members of the family, like Princess Anne or Prince Edward to the list.”
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Counsellors of State are nominated by the monarch and are usually chosen among the four closest adult heirs to the throne.
Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew currently hold the title and are the only members of the Royal Family officially entitled to carry out tasks on behalf of the Queen in case of her absence due to illness or a visit abroad.
However, Government professor Vernon Bogdanor noted the Queen may seek to elevate another relative to the position since Prince Harry settled in California with his family, and Prince Andrew was forced to take a step back from his role as a working royal.
Prof Bogdanor told Mail Online: “A Counsellor not domiciled in the UK cannot act, so that excludes Harry.
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“The next in line and over the required age of 21 would be Princess Beatrice.
“However, most of the functions of the Head of State can be devolved.
“It is not, for example, constitutionally necessary for the Queen to attend the State Opening of Parliament.”
Express.co.uk contacted Buckingham Palace but they declined to comment.
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Speculation about a new Counsellor of State arose following Buckingham Palace announcement last week that the Queen would heed doctors’ orders and take two weeks off to rest.
Her Majesty had “reluctantly” cancelled a visit to Northern Ireland in October after she had been advised to slow down.
The Palace later confirmed she had spent an evening in the hospital to undergo “preliminary testing” but she was in “good spirits”.
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