A new poll conducted by YouGov conducted earlier this week has shown for the first time a huge jump in public support for the Duchess of Cornwall taking the title of Queen once Prince Charles accedes to the throne, with a marked reduction in support for the alternative title of Princess Consort.
Previously, Camilla has seen a slow but steady increase in her popularity and acceptance over time, but this latest poll comes to show a clear and new found support for the Duchess of Cornwall, who celebrates her 67th birthday next month.
In the poll, 53% of those surveyed said that Camilla should take on the traditional title of Queen Consort, with just 32% saying she should be Princess Consort.
Controversy has existed for almost a decade, ever since the Prince of Wales married Camilla in 2005, over what title Camilla should eventually take as consort. At the time of the wedding, the Palace said it was the intention that Camilla would be known as Princess Consort upon Prince Charles’s accession, though many experts were, and remain, sceptical about this because of the practicalities of the move.
Since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, public feeling towards Camilla was ambivalent, with many taking a dislike to her because of the role they believed she played in the breaking up of Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage.
Opinion on the Duchess of Cornwall becoming Queen has always been divided, though polling has seen a continual increase in public warmth towards the Duchess over the years, culminating in this latest poll, conducted by YouGov on Monday.
By law, Camilla will automatically take the title of Her Majesty The Queen as soon as Prince Charles becomes King. The proposed title of Princess Consort has never been used in Britain before and has little precedent elsewhere in the world.
An act of parliament would be required to reduce Camilla’s title from Queen to Princess Consort and many warn such a move could create a dangerous precedent for future use.
The polling could show Camilla being in good stead to take on the Queen Consort’s crown upon Prince Charles succession, something many a decade ago would have thought unthinkable.
Despite the title of Princess Consort being unheard of in the British constitution, there has been precedent for Camilla adopting a different title out of deference to the late Princess of Wales. In 2005, she chose to be known as ‘Duchess of Cornwall’ instead of ‘Princess of Wales’ out of deference to Diana. Legally, Camilla remains the Princess of Wales though uses the title of Duchess of Cornwall in England and also around the world instead.
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I don’t think so for one minute unless they only asked the inner palace circle, she is an adulterous divorcee who drove princess Diana to the verge of madness,
No one I know thinks this, we all think that prince William should become king,
Princess Diana was eliminated so Charles and camilla could legitimise the long sordid affair they sneaked around so slyly,
I don’t know how you could be in a position to know the true details about the Wales’ marriage, or that Diana was “eliminated.” Did you work at Kensington Palace, or do you know someone who did?
The British monarchy isn’t a popularity contest, and there won’t be an election held to determine who succeeds the Queen. Prince Charles will be the next King, and William’s time will come later. Simple as that.
Finally, someone with some common sense.
Thank you, Kenneth.
Thank you to both Kenneth and Ricky for an intelligent, rational response
Camilla will be an excellent Queen.
I don’t think Camila deserves the title Princess Consort. So, I guess I’m saying that I hope the Queen declares Prince William and Kate to be King and Queen. Prince William and Harry don’t need to be reminded again of what their MUM Diana could have become. Camilla is a divorced woman with children from another man which means that she WILL never be Queen. Charles was stupid enough to marry Diana for the simple reason of bearing an heir and a spare. He should be punished by his actions. I can’t stand to even look at him and her. Thank God both of Diana’s boys are now grown men and making their MOTHER very proud.
In the United Kingdom, monarchs don’t choose their successors the way some middle-eastern countries do. British Kings and Queens inherit their positions, and popularity does not determine the succession.
Like it or not, King Charles III and Queen Camilla will be the next monarchs. Your admiration for Diana (which I share) is admirable, but emotional considerations have no relevance to this issue.
King William V and Queen Catherine will have their day in due course, as the relevant laws and customs determine.
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