What does Queen Consort mean?

MAJESTY has announced that it is her “sincere wish” for Camilla to be called Queen.

When she celebrates her 70th joining dateThe Queen, 95 years old, announced that Duchess of Cornwall will be given the title of Queen Consort when Prince Charles ascends the throne.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with her husband and future king Prince Charles


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with her husband and future king Prince CharlesCredit: AFP

What does Queen Consort mean?

The title Queen Consort is given to the wife of a ruling monarch.

The queen can become queen or queen mother when the king dies.

They can also be given the title of Regent if the heir to the throne is too young to be crowned.

Camilla will be anointed and crowned while holding the female version of Prince Charles‘monarchy title.

When the couple married in 2005, it was announced that the Duchess of Cornwall would be given the new title of Princess Consort.

Who was the Queen Consort?

Queen Elizabeth (1936 – 1952)

Queen Elizabeth was a servant of King George VI until his death in 1952, ruling for 16 years.

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Most of her life was spent doing mother of King for the Queen, until her death at the age of 101.

The Queen Mother in celebration of her 93rd birthday with the Queen


The Queen Mother in celebration of her 93rd birthday with the QueenCredit: AFP

Queen Mary (1910-1936)

After becoming Queen Consort in 1910, Queen Mary reigned for 26 years until her husband, King George V, died in 1936.

She held the title of Queen Mother for King George VI after the abdication of King Edward III.

Queen Charlotte (1761-1818)

Married to King George III on September 8, 1761, Queen Charlotte was the longest-reigning Empress.

She held her title for 57 years until her death in 1818 and maintained a close friendship with another Empress, Marie Antoinette.

Most notably Queen Charlotte is an amateur botanist who helped expand Kew Gardens and also helped bring Christmas trees to the UK.

Catherine Parr (1543 – 1547)

The last wife of King Henry VIIIwho married him in 1543 and reigned as Queen Consort until his death.

When King Edward VI was not yet old enough to rule, Catherine Parr was made queen but lived only one more year.

Catherine Howard (1540 – 1542)

The fifth wife of King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard ascended the throne in 1540.

His previous wife, Anne of Cleeves, was never officially crowned because the marriage was annulled within six months.

After Catherine Howard married the King this only lasted two years as she was accused of adultery and beheaded in 1542.

Jane Seymour (1536 – 1537)

As both Catherine of Aragon’s bridesmaid and Anne Boleyn’s wife, Jane Seymour was the only wife to provide King Henry VIII with a male heir.

Her reign lasted only a year when she died 12 days after giving birth.

Anne Boleyn (1533-1536)

After their divorce, Anne Boleyn married King Henry VIII in 1533.

She was the reason he broke away from the Catholic Church because the pope would not grant him an annulment of his first marriage.

Anne Boleyn was Henry’s first wife to be beheaded, just three years after ascending the throne.

Catherine of Aragon (1509 – 1533)

As the first wife of King Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon ascended the throne in 1509.

Catherine was one of only three queens to have survived Henry, when he divorced her in 1533 after she failed to provide him with an heir to the throne.

What does Queen Consort do?

The role of an Empress can vary according to the needs of the nation and the King.

It is believed that Camilla’s role will be similar to the late one Prince Philip to provide companionship and support to Prince Charles.

She will have little political or military power but will have the status and formalities of any other queen.

This is different from Queen Elizabeth II’s title, which is Queen Regnant but both are referred to as Queen. What does Queen Consort mean?


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