Queen backs plan to at some point name son’s spouse ‘Queen Camilla’

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Queen Elizabeth II supplied her assist Saturday to have the Duchess of Cornwall turn out to be Queen Camilla — utilizing a particular Platinum Jubilee message to make a big choice in shaping the way forward for the British monarchy.

In remarks delivered on the eve of the seventieth anniversary of her accession to the throne, the monarch expressed a “sincere wish” that Camilla be often known as “Queen Consort” when her eldest son Charles, the Prince of Wales, succeeds her as anticipated to the throne. In giving her blessing, the favored and revered sovereign is inserting important heft behind the transfer.

’’When, within the fullness of time, my son Charles turns into king, I do know you’ll give him and his spouse Camilla the identical assist that you’ve given me,” the monarch wrote. “And it’s my honest want that, when that point comes, Camilla can be often known as Queen Consort as she continues her personal loyal service.”

QUEEN ELIZABETH ALL SMILES WHILE ATTENDING RECEPTION AHEAD OF PLATINUM JUBILEE

 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowds with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at right, as they arrive by carriage on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England.

 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowds with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at proper, as they arrive by carriage on the primary day of the Royal Ascot horse race assembly in Ascot, England.
(AP Picture/Alastair Grant)

The message ties up a unfastened finish that has hung over the Home of Windsor since Charles’ divorce from the favored Princess Diana.

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It took years for a lot of in Britain to forgive Charles, the person whose admitted infidelity introduced such ache to “the people’s princess” earlier than she died in a Paris automotive crash in 1997. However the public temper softened after Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 and she or he grew to become the Duchess of Cornwall.

Though Camilla performed a big function within the breakup of Charles’ first marriage, her down-to-Earth model and humorousness ultimately received over many Britons. Her heat softened the Charles’ exhausting edges and made him seem extra approachable, if not happier, as he lower ribbons, unveiled plaques and waited for his probability to reign.

On the time of their marriage, royal aides had urged that Camilla didn’t need to be referred to as queen and “intended” to be recognized as an alternative as Princess Consort — a primary in British historical past. However the cautious use of the phrase ’’intend” led to the possibility of change later on.

The move is seen as an effort to safeguard a smooth transition to the future as the queen navigates the twilight of her reign.

“That is essentially the most extraordinary message. The queen is guaranteeing the transition, when it comes, to her son as king is as seamless and trouble-free as attainable,” former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt told the Press Association. “She’s future-proofing an establishment she’s served for 70 years. And for Camilla, the journey from being the third particular person in a wedding to queen-in-waiting is full.”

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QUEEN ELIZABETH’S PLATINUM JUBILEE MARKS 70 YEARS ON THE THRONE

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, attends a reception to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee, at Sandringham House, her Norfolk residence, in Sandringham, England, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. 

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, left, attends a reception to have fun the beginning of the Platinum Jubilee, at Sandringham Home, her Norfolk residence, in Sandringham, England, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. 
(Joe Giddens/Pool Picture by way of AP)

The queen additionally paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died final yr after a long time of serving as her consort, and to the work of her mom.

“I am fortunate to have had the steadfast and loving support of my family. I was blessed that, in Prince Philip, I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it,″ she wrote. “It’s a function I noticed my very own mom carry out throughout my father’s reign.”

Earlier Saturday, Elizabeth attended her largest public engagement since a recent health scare, mingling with guests at a reception ahead of her platinum anniversary.

The monarch met with members of the local community during a tea at Sandringham, her country estate in eastern England where she normally spends the anniversary. The 95-year-old queen leaned on a walking stick as she chatted with guests.

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Despite recent concerns about her health, Elizabeth moved freely and appeared to use her stick more to lean on when she stopped moving rather than depending on it as she walked around the room.

The monarch’s health has been a concern since she cancelled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland in October and was quietly admitted to a hospital overnight for preliminary tests. Doctors advised her to rest and restrict herself to light duties.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a reception to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee, at Sandringham House, her Norfolk residence, in Sandringham, England, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II attends a reception to have fun the beginning of the Platinum Jubilee, at Sandringham Home, her Norfolk residence, in Sandringham, England, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.
(Joe Giddens/Pool Picture by way of AP)

However in her message, she promised she would proceed to serve and stated she was optimistic in regards to the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“I am reminded of how much we can be thankful for,″ she wrote. “These final seven a long time have seen extraordinary progress socially, technologically and culturally which have benefitted us all; and I’m assured that the long run will provide comparable alternatives to us and particularly to the youthful generations in the UK and all through the Commonwealth.”

The sovereign signed the message “Your servant Elizabeth R.”

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