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Kate Middleton and Camilla face very different royal fates – title row laid bare

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Following the Queen’s bout of ill-health in the latter half of last year, many have speculated about the future of the monarchy. In particular, there is great discussion around what titles both Kate and Camilla will use while their husbands are King.

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

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”.

As it stands, Kate, 40, and Prince William, 39, are best known using the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

However, things will change in the future, as when Prince Charles is crowned King, Prince William will take over the title of Prince of Wales.

William will also take over the Duchy of Cornwall, the current title held by his father, while Prince Charles as the reigning monarch, would take the Duchy of Lancaster from the Queen.

Then when Prince William becomes King, his wife Kate will follow tradition and will be known as Queen Consort.

While Kate is expected to take on this title, there is still much debate as to what Camilla will be known as when her husband Prince Charles, 73, ascends the throne.

Camilla, now 74, joined the Royal Family amid a cloud of controversy due to her affair with Prince Charles during his marriage to Princess Diana.

Although Prince Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, the Princess of Wales’s tragic death in a car crash in 1997 made his marriage to Camilla impossible at first.

An eight-year-long wait followed before the couple finally married on April 9, 2005.

At this time, Clarence House revealed they had different plans for Camilla’s future title when Charles becomes King, which goes against the norm.

The couple announced that when Charles becomes head of state, Camilla would be known as Princess Consort.

The use of this title is thought to be out of respect for Diana who would have been Queen Consort if married to Charles when he ascended the throne.

Previously, there were references to Camilla’s Princess Consort title on Clarence House’s website, but these were removed in 2018.

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When Princess Consort references were removed from the Frequently Asked Questions section of Charles’s website, Clarence House said the questions were regularly updated and that one had not been asked by the public recently.

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

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.”

According to a YouGov polling from November, only 14 percent of Britons believe Camilla should be given the title “Queen” when Charles becomes king.

While 42 percent expressed that they thought she should be called “princess consort”.

Another 26 percent of respondents believe she should have no title at all.

In addition to a new title, the monarch’s consort will also be tasked with a huge amount of royal duties.

Also, both Kate and Camilla are likely to take on more patronages when their husbands are king.

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