Her Majesty The Queen! Camilla's 'Consort' title to be scrapped permanently when she is anointed and crowned in own Coronation ceremony

Her Majesty Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom

Her Majesty Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom, as she will be known from next weekend

Richard Jeffries

By Richard Jeffries

Published: 29/04/2023

- 12:21

Updated: 01/05/2023

- 10:40

'Consort' title to be dropped as Camilla officially becomes Queen of the United Kingdom

Camilla will no longer be known as 'Queen Consort' after the Coronation and will instead be fully crowned and anointed as Her Majesty The Queen on Saturday.

The 75-year-old will have her own separate Coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey on May 6 which will fundamentally change her role in the British monarchy.

She will be anointed Queen of the United Kingdom - and 14 other Commonwealth countries for which Charles III is Head of State - at the moment the Archbishop of Canterbury places the iconic Queen Mary’s Crown on her head.

The - once unthinkable - moment was made by possible by the late Queen Elizabeth, who declared at her Platinum Jubilee in 2022 that it was her "sincere wish" that Camilla should be known as Queen Consort on her death.

Buckingham Palace has since decided to drop the second part of that title and is now planning to refer to Camilla simply as "The Queen" from next weekend.

The Royal Family today released more details of the Coronation ceremony, which begins at 11am and will finish at 1pm on Saturday.

Following King Charles's six-part coronation ceremony, Camilla will have her own personal one in which she will be anointed with holy oil.

She will then have the Queen's ring placed on her hand, be presented with a sceptre and an ivory rod - by Lord Chartres and the Bishop of Dover - before being formally crowned.

The last Queen Consort to be crowned was the Queen Mother alongside King George VI in 1937, who then bowed "reverently" to her husband.

In a touching tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Camilla's Crown will be reset with the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds.

The diamonds were part of Queen Elizabeth II’s personal jewellery collection for many years and were often worn by Her late Majesty as brooches.

Queen Camilla Coronation

Her Majesty Queen Camilla will be crowned in the Coronation Chair


Sir Michael Peat, Charles’s former principal private secretary, said the moment had been decades in the making, following Charles' historic decision to marry Camilla.

He said: “He had to align all the planets in a row – the union had to be accepted and supported by the Queen, Downing Street, the Church and the public.

“Everyone could see ‘the boss’ was devoted to her and wanted to marry her, and in time all parties came to see it was good for the future of the monarchy.”

At their wedding, 18 years ago, The Queen gave a speech that showed she supported Camilla joining the Royal Family, despite the many problems that had plagued their relationship, particularly following the death of Princess Diana.

“My son is home and dry with the woman he loves,” the late monarch said in her toast.

Sir Michael added: “The Queen’s speech set the tone going forwards – if the Queen says they are a good match, then everyone else just cracks on."

More than 2,000 Coronation invites have been sent to guests and dignitaries which refer to Camilla simply as 'Queen'.

Buckingham Palace has also started to quietly drop the word 'Consort' from its official website ahead of the weekend's celebrations.

Queen Camilla Coronation invite

The official Coronation invite refers simply to 'Queen Camilla'

Buckingham Palace

It comes as a leading Royal expert told GB News the Coronation will be "like nothing we’ve ever seen".

Michael Cole said: “It is the most important moment of Charles’ reign. The anointing is very, very important during the ritual of the coronation - it’s the most sacred and the most intimate.

"When the Queen was anointed in 1953, she just had a little canopy over her head - very, very similar to the chuppah which is used in Jewish wedding ceremonies, the bridal pair stand under it, so it looks a bit like that.

"And at that point, the BBC cameras who uniquely had been allowed in for this correlation looked away because the monarchs, hands, head and breast are anointed with the Holy oil.

“But, the King has made a change in this. He's commissioned a very, very beautiful screen which will enclose him on three sides. It's been made by 150 needlework specialists at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court.

"It's beautifully designed and based on a window at the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace and essentially it's a beautiful tree and each of the leaves, 54 leaves, bears the names of the countries of the Commonwealth.

"This will enclose him while this ceremony and the anointing go on, and he will then be wearing a simple white shirt."

He added: “This is a very key point to it, and only after the anointing and the crowning and the expressions of loyalty will he actually become king.

"It will be a very important moment, the most important moment in the whole of his reign - be it long or short.

"That is the key thing. We won't be seeing it but we will know what's going on behind that beautiful screen.”

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