The British monarchy has for many decades been the subject of fascination and curiosity around the world, but it has also been the subject of speculation.
With the recent coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla, there have been changes in the line of royal succession, and questions about the future of the monarchy have become increasingly relevant.
One of those questions is what would happen to Camilla’s title should Charles predecease her? The answer to these questions are somewhat complex, but let’s sort them out below.
To understand what would happen if King Charles III were to predecease Camilla, it is essential to know the current line of succession, especially after the Coronation on May 6, 2023.
The British Monarchy has a strict order in place, determined by primogeniture and parliamentary law. At present, the line of succession is as follows:
- Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
- Prince George of Cambridge
- Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
- Prince Louis of Cambridge
- Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
- Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
- Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor
In the event of the death of King Charles III, the throne would pass to the next in line of succession, who is his eldest son, Prince William. But what would Camilla’s role in the Royal Family be?
What will Camilla be if King Charles dies?
The title “Queen Consort Camilla” has just publicly disappeared after the coronation of Charles III as King of the United Kingdom.
Essentially, she would retain the title of Queen but would go from being Queen to Queen Dowager, the official term for the widow of a king, according to Cosmopolitan.
Basically, it means that Camilla would continue to enjoy the prestige and relevance of her previous title, although she would no longer be Queen because another monarch and her spouse, in this case, Prince William and Kate Middleton, would occupy the throne.
The future of the British monarchy without King Charles III
The untimely death of King Charles III would undoubtedly be a significant event in the history of the British monarchy.
If this were to happen and Prince William was to ascend to the throne through the line of succession, the monarchy would experience a generational shift that could potentially usher in a new era of modernization and change.
This is because Prince William and Catherine have already demonstrated their commitment to modernizing the royal family by engaging with the public and using social media to connect with the people of the United Kingdom.
Also, in recent years the Prince has taken on more public-facing duties, such as: his work on mental health initiatives and his involvement with various charities.
So if King Charles III were to predecease Camilla, it would undoubtedly be a difficult time for the royal family, but the monarchy has a long history of overcoming challenges and adapting to change, otherwise, they wouldn’t be here.
And while Camilla would not continue as Queen in her own right, she would still hold an important position in the royal family. The role of Queen Mother has been played by several prominent figures in the past, including Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, much respected and loved by the British public.