Queen Camilla! Duchess rides wave of new popularity as royals hope she's been 'accepted'


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The Duchess, 74, has seen her popularity rise steadily after she joined the Royal Family in 2005 when she married Prince Charles, 73. Currently, she is enjoying her most positive public opinion ratings in a decade – with her support rating increasing by six percentage points over the last 10 years, which will boost hopes that she is to be accepted as a future “Queen”.

Support for the Royal Family is expected to swell further this year, particularly in the summer, when most events marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee take place.

This could mean Camilla will break the barrier of half the population embracing her role as consort to the future king.

However, there has been great discussion around what title Camilla will use while her husband is Head of State.

The royal website’s coronation segment details that traditionally the title granted to a ruling King’s spouse is “Queen Consort”.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Queen Camilla! Duchess rides wave of new popularity as royals hope she’s been ‘accepted’ (Image: Getty)

Prince Charles and Camilla

Camilla’s popularity has rose steadily since marrying Prince Charles in 2005 (Image: Getty )

It reads: “Unless decided otherwise, a Queen Consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony.

“If the new Sovereign is a Queen, her consort is not crowned or anointed at the coronation ceremony.”

It also details that a Consort’s role “is primarily to provide companionship and moral and practical support to the monarch”.

At the time of her marriage to Charles, Clarence House revealed they had different plans for Camilla’s future title when Charles becomes king, which goes against the norm.

The palace said Camilla would be styled as “Princess Consort” when her husband takes the throne.

It is thought this was made out of respect to the late Princess Diana which is believed to be the same reason why Camilla chooses to use her Duchess title rather than “Princess of Wales”.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

There has been great discussion around what title Camilla will use when Charles is king (Image: Getty)

However, speculation has been high over the years that Camilla could still become Queen Consort.

Royal watchers have predicted that this idea would be quietly forgotten when the time comes, with aides hoping the public will accept “Queen Camilla”.

Amid circulating rumours, Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles revealed he “honestly” didn’t know what his mother’s title would be.

In an interview with the Sunday Times in April last year, Tom said: “I honestly don’t know if Mum will be called Queen. That hasn’t been decided.

“There are a lot of interesting Sky documentaries about that I’m sure, but I honestly don’t know if that’s true.”

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While in 2010, when asked on US television whether she would become Queen, Charles replied: “That’s… well, we’ll see, won’t we? That could be.”

While Andrew Marr was recently asked if Camilla will be Queen, in an interview with the Daily Mail, and also thought she may use the ‘Queen Consort’ title.

The TV and radio presenter replied: “I think so, yes. If that’s what Prince Charles wants, that is what Prince Charles will get.”

According to a YouGov polling from November, the popularity of the Prince and Duchess rose over the last three months studied.

Between August and the end of November, the Prince’s rating increased from 54 percent favourability to 60 percent, and this increase came after Charles made an appearance at both G20 and the Cop26 summit, where he made speeches about climate change.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with members of the public

Speculation has been high over the years that Camilla could still become Queen Consort. (Image: Getty)

The couple had the largest increase in popularity among the Royal Family over that period, and Charles achieved his highest rating in a decade since the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

During the same period, the Duchess’s popularity increased too as general good feelings towards the Royal Family rose.

Her popularity dipped to a low of 33 percent after the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 2017, but over the last five years, Camilla has steadily built popularity again.

In the rankings, the Queen remains the most popular, with an 83 percent positive rating, followed by the Duke of Cambridge at 80 percent and the Duchess of Cambridge at 77.

In fourth place with a 68 percent approval rating is Princess Anne, who is regularly commended for being one of the hardest-working members of the Firm.



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