Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has had a pretty fraught relationship with the United Kingdom public and media.
She married Prince Charles in 2005 after Diana, the mother of Prince William and Harry, died in a car accident back in 1997. Diana and Charles divorced in 1996, but Charles admitted to cheating on Diana in 1994, during which he said his marriage with Diana had already by that point “irretrievably broken down.”
Camilla was initially blamed for the breakdown of the marriage between the two, but with time, she has slowly been accepted by the public and has advocated for causes such as literacy and animal welfare.
Now, it’s the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign. When the Queen ascended the throne, she was 25 years old. Russia’s Josef Stalin, China’s Mao Zedong and the United States’ Harry Truman were all state leaders. This was while Winston Churchill was the UK’s prime minister.
She has continued to carry out her formal duties well into her 90s all during a pretty rough period where Harry and Megan have left the royal family, her husband’s passing last year and Prince Andrew’s links to Jeffrey Epstein, which led to the stripping of his royal titles.
In a message marking the 70th anniversary of her reign, the Queen said it was her “sincere wish” that, when the day comes around, Camilla will become Queen Consort.
This is significant because it will likely remove the need to discuss titles in the future.
Typically speaking, Camilla would just become Queen when Charles is King. Still, because of how she entered the royal family, there was an air of uncertainty about the whole thing, leading the Queen to use the Jubilee to clear things up.
On Sunday, Charles responded to the blessing, saying: “We are deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother’s wish. As we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.”
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