Duchess of Cornwall's consort title 'brilliant' says Hugo Vickers
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The Queen ensured to confirm the title her daughter-in-law would officially use to avoid potential criticism for her son, biographer Hugo Vickers suggested. Mr Vickers claimed that the Queen was extremely “generous” to brilliantly resolve the issue before Prince Charles succeeded her. Without the announcement, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall would have become Queen Consort by law but Her Majesty’s statement issued on Saturday clarified the Duchess’s position once and for all.
Mr Vicker told The Royal Rota: “I think it would have been an issue at the beginning of the next reign.
“And I think it’s not only brilliant but extremely generous of the Queen to sort it out in this reign.
“Camilla would have been Queen by law and now she can also be Queen by name, it makes perfect sense.”
ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship said: “She known legally or be legally Queen Consort should also be now able to be called Queen Consort.”
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Mr Ship replied: “I mean that there’s a time that they decided to do this which was the moment of Accession, a time when the Queen had huge reserves of respect and admiration.
“If anyone’s going to do this she’s doing it. It kind of takes that job away from her son so Prince Charles doesn’t have to do it when he’s trying to manage the transition, whenever that comes.
“It was a kind of good sensible moment to do it when you look at it like this.”
The Queen announced Camilla to be Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes the King although, at the time of their wedding, Clarence House stated that Camilla would be known as “Princess Consort”.
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The official announcement was made on the eve of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through social media.
The statement read: “I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.
“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.”
Prince Charles and Camilla were “touched and honoured” by the Queen’s decision as they congratulated her for her record-breaking milestone.
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The statement read: “On this historic day, my wife and I join you all in congratulating Her Majesty The Queen on the remarkable achievement of serving this nation, the Realms and Commonwealth for seventy years.
“The Queen’s devotion to the welfare of all her people inspires still greater admiration with each passing year.
“We are deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother’s wish. As we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.
“The year of this unprecedented Platinum Jubilee brings an opportunity for us all to come together in celebrating the service of The Queen, by whose example we will continue to be led in the years to come.”
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