Just hours before Queen Elizabeth fulfills 70 years leading the British throne, she released a statement to thank those who have supported her, remembering the promise she made when she assumed the Crown and revealing that indeed, Prince Charles will be the next King and his wife, Camilla, will be known as Queen Consort.
In a candid message, the Queen expressed her “sincere wish” that the Duchess of Cornwall “will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service”, remembering that Prince Phillip served as Prince Consort since the day they both got married even though there were sacrifices that go with the title.
According to the BBC, a Clarence House spokesman said the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were “touched and honored” by the Queen’s support.
This came as a surprise for many royal experts mainly because when Prince Charles and Camilla married in 2005, Clarence House announced that she would receive the title of HRH The Princess Consort.
However, it is said that it was Charles himself who pushed for the decision to make Camilla a Queen and, thus, be crowned and anointed when he becomes king. Something that Queen seems to support.
In this statement, the British monarch also confirmed that it will be Charles, as expected in the line of succession, who will become the next King of England when the time comes.
The Queen, who this Sunday, February 6th will become the longest monarch on the throne by marking the 70th anniversary of her accession, also mentioned that though this was a milestone, is also a sad day for her: “even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, George VI, as for the start of my reign.”