When Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, agreements were made as to her role and title within the Royal Family.
Out of respect to the late Princess Diana, the decision was made that Camilla would not take on the title of Princess, and instead go by the female version of Charles’ other title, Duchess of Cornwall.
But as Prince Charles marks out his plans for the future of the monarchy, as the death of Prince Philip has encouraged the Queen to take a step back from some royal duties, questions are being raised as to what a monarchy without the Queen might look like.
Although it’s not definite Prince Charles will become King when the Queen dies, he is the next heir to the throne and will likely step up.
In theory, this means Camilla would take on the role of Queen Consort. But this isn’t the case. Here’s why.
Why Camilla will never be Queen
Although Charles, the Prince of Wales, is the current heir to the throne, Camilla will not be Queen when he becomes King.
This is because if and when Charles becomes the King, Camilla will take on the role of ‘Princess Consort’.
Although in theory she should be Queen Consort when Charles becomes King, the couple have decided against that title.
This was agreed at the time Charles and Camilla married, out of respect for Princess Diana.
A statement released by Clarence House in 2020 said: “The intention is for the Duchess to be known as Princess Consort when the Prince accedes to the throne.
“This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.”
Might Kate Middleton become Queen before Camilla?
If Charles dies before the Queen, then his son Prince William would become King when the Queen dies.
If this were to happen then Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, would take on a role similar to that of a Queen before Camilla.
However, as Kate would be married to a King rather than reigning in her own right, she won’t become Queen in the same way that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is.
Once Prince William takes the throne and becomes the King of England, Kate will then become Queen Consort.