King Charles III will be formally crowned king at his upcoming coronation ceremony on May 6, 2023. With this, his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, who has hitherto been addressed as queen consort, will also assume the title of queen. However, what is the difference between the two terms? Read on to find out.
Queen and queen consort: the difference
Simply put, in the monarchy system, a queen is equal to the king. In other other countries, a queen is a reigning female monarch whose rank, role, and title are equivalent to that of the king.
NBC royal commentator Daisy McAndrew explains the difference as (via Today), “queen consort is a woman who married a man who is king,” and a “queen is a woman born to be queen and head of state – not the wife of a prince.”
McAndrew explained in an email to TODAY that the confusion stems from the fact that queen consort is colloquially referred to simply as “queen.”
The official website of the British Royal Family defines a ‘consort’ as a ‘companion to the Sovereign’.
During the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II, her husband, the late Prince Philip, was her consort until his death in 2021.
Will Camilla be queen or queen consort?
Since King Charles III ascended the throne on September 8, 2022, after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth, Camilla has been addressed as Queen Consort. However, it looks like she’s dropping “Consort” and taking the title of queen herself after the upcoming coronation ceremony. “The Coronation of Their Majesties, King Charles III and Queen Camilla,” was the official invitation from Buckingham Palace.
“The coronation is an appropriate time to officially inaugurate ‘Queen Camilla’. All former Queen Consorts are known as ‘Queen’ plus their first name,” an unnamed source told The Guardian.
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