Queen Elizabeth granted Camilla incredible Royal title honour before her death

The new King Charles III has begun a historic reign, stepping into the shoes of his later mother Queen Elizabeth II.

After over 70 years on the throne, the Queen has died at the age of 96 and tributes have been paid by world leaders and the public alike.

Her Majesty sadly passed away at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022.

For seven decades the Queen was the UK's head of state and loved on the world scene, attending major events and continuing the royal traditions.

Her Majesty was also credited with modernising a royal family that some believe had to adapt to the world around them, while much has been written about the King's new approach to royal life.

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With Prince William waiting in line and Charles now on the throne, some will be wondering if Camilla will now take the title of a queen.

Will Camilla be Queen?

In a move before the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the Queen made a big statement in confirming Camilla would be Queen Consort alongside husband Charles when she died.

It was seen by some as an endorsement by the late Queen as, since the death of Princess Diana, plenty have not looked on Camilla too well and she was expected to be a 'princess consort'.

The Queen said in a public statement: "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."

Longtime lovers, Camilla and Charles weren't actually married until 2005 in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

What is a queen consort?

A queen consort is the title given to the wife of a ruling monarch. Before Camilla, the last queen consort was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, wife of George VI, who was later known as the Queen Mother.

Camilla will be crowned queen consort alongside her husband King Charles, but this gives her none of the powers of a king.

There is some confusion over the title, with some thinking the name 'Queen' gives Camilla equal status as Charles. In another of the royals' strange use of phrases and traditions, a husband of a queen must be a 'prince consort'; they can only be called a king if they are the actual king.

A similar title is 'Queen Regnant'; this is the adult guardian ruling on behalf of a young king or queen until they become of age.

A 'queen dowager' is the wife of a deceased monarch, held by Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon from February 6 when George VI died, right up until her death at the age of 101 in 2002.

She is reported to have hated the title of the 'dowager queen' so adopted the title of 'Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother'.

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