Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years on the throne, a milestone in the British monarchy. However, at 95 years old, he knows that it will not last forever, so he is already starting to talk about his successor.
Since the Queen’s health began to break, the press had already been speculating that Buckingham Palace was preparing the ground to announce Camilla as Elizabeth II’s successor.
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Queen Elizabeth announcement
The announcement made by Queen Elizabeth II ends the rumors that began since Charles and Camilla married in 2005, in which it was said that the Duchess would never be queen and would be treated as princess consort.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that they will give him and his wife, Camilla, the same support they have given me, and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her loyal service.” Elizabeth II wrote in a text published this Saturday, in which she also took the opportunity to thank her people for the “loyalty and affection” during seven decades of her reign, while stating that she is very “fortunate to have had the constant and loving support of my family.”
After the Queen made this announcement for the future, the press has begun to highlight that Camilla would be the first divorced queen, something unthinkable in the English monarchical tradition.
Camilla, 75, was previously married to Andrew Parker-Bowles, with whom she had two children and divorced in 1995 when her love affair with Prince Charles was already in the public domain.
Charles and Camilla married in 2005 and the Queen granted them the title of Dukes of Cornwall, although Charles uses the much higher ranking Prince of Wales.
For Camilla, this gesture of Elizabeth II is very important, as it strengthens her place in the royal family. Until now, she never wanted to carry the title of Princess of Wales to honour Lady Di’s memory.