Queen Elizabeth Reveals She Wants Camilla To Be Next Queen Consort
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Queen Elizabeth II has revealed her 'sincere wish' that the Duchess of Cornwall becomes Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes king.
The Prince of Wales is first in the line of succession to the throne, immediately followed by Prince William, his son Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis. Prince Philip was the consort of the British monarch from the Queen's accession in 1952 until his death in 2021, making him the longest-serving consort in history.
Marking the 70th anniversary of her accession, the Queen released a message to the nation reflecting on people's support throughout her reign, while also backing Camilla.
'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,' the Queen wrote.
'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.
'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 own mother perform during my father's reign.
'This anniversary also affords me a time to reflect on the goodwill shown to me by people of all nationalities, faiths and ages in this country and around the world over these years. I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support.'
When the Duchess married Prince Charles in 2005, Clarence House originally said she'd hold the title of HRH Princess Consort, the first in British history. Back then, it was considered indicative of public opinion towards his new wife following the tragic death of Princess Diana.
However, while Prince Charles has always supported Camilla as Queen Consort, she's now received the full support of the Queen.
'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,' the monarch wrote.
'And so as I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbours and communities – after some difficult times for so many of us – in order to enjoy the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day lives that have so happily coincided with my reign.'
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