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Camilla bombshell: How Queen Consort plot has been in pipeline for years

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At the time of their wedding in 2005, it was announced that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall would use the title of ‘Princess Consort’ when Prince Charles became King. But throughout their 17-year marriage, there was much speculation that Camilla could one day be known as Queen Consort. The rumours were consistently denied by Clarence House, but the Queen took the opportunity on the eve of the 70th anniversary of her accession to announce her “sincere wish” that Camilla will be Queen Consort, bringing the matter effectively to a close.

Since the Queen’s wish was revealed to the public, it has been suggested the decision that Camilla will be Queen has been long in the making.

The Sunday Times’ Royal Editor, Roya Nikkhah, spoke to Camilla about the queen question during a meeting four years ago.

Ms Nikkhah tweeted: “A ping reminds me this time 4 years ago, @Hannah_Furness and I were gently quizzing the Duchess of Cornwall on whether she would ever be Queen, at a @WIJ_UK event.

“We got it out of Her Royal Highness eventually but she swore us to strictly off-the-record secrecy #QueenCamilla.”

But even before the meeting, Ms Nikkhah detailed there have been several signs since the 2005 wedding that Charles wished for Camilla to be Queen.

In 2018, a change to the Clarence House ‘frequently asked questions’ page caused quite the stir when a response about Camilla’s future title was removed altogether.

Clarence House batted away queries about the change, however, telling the Telegraph: “This is one question that Clarence House has not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features.”

In 2011, Camilla was asked directly by a young girl during a royal engagement if she would be Queen, and she vaguely responded: “You never know.”

Charles prompted even more speculation in 2010 when he was asked on US television if Camilla would be Queen, and he replied: “That’s… well, we’ll see, won’t we? That could be.”

In recent years, the Queen has also indicated her support for Queen Camilla with several significant gestures.

Alongside Prince Charles, Camilla has accompanied the Queen to important royal functions like the State Opening of Parliament.

In 2016, the Queen also appointed Camilla to the Privy Council, the board that advises the monarch on important matters of state.

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And the Queen’s support for Camilla was especially evident last month when she was appointed a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

As one of the highest honours in the Queen’s arsenal, the decision to give Camilla the title was all the more prestigious given several other royals, like Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, have never been appointed to it.

The Queen’s latest confirmation that she wants Camilla to be Queen Consort can be seen as the final seal of approval, paving the way to a smoother transition when the crown passes to Charles.

The Queen praised Camilla for her “loyal service” in a letter released before the February 6 accession anniversary.

The Queen stated: “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.”

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