King Charles III confirms Camilla will be awarded special royal title as coronation invitations are unveiled
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Official invitations for King Charles III’s coronation have been unveiled by Buckingham Palace ahead of the ceremony, as Camilla Parker-Bowles is to receive a special royal title. The Westminster Abbey event is scheduled to take place just next month on May 6.
Ever since the death of Queen Elizabeth II at her Balmoral Castle residence in September 2022, the King’s wife has been known as Queen Consort. But the newly-released invitations have revealed that Camilla will be awarded the title of Queen.
The invites, which will reportedly be sent to 2,000 people including US first lady Dr. Jill Biden and members of the Royal Family, reads: “ The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla – By Command of the King the Earl Marshall is directed to invite…to be present at the Abbey Church of Westminster on 6th day of May 2023.”
They have been designed by Andrew Jamieson and feature a number of illustrations, such as one of Camilla’s coat of arms enclosed by the Garter as a way to represent her installation as the Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter last summer.
A source told The Daily Mail: “It made sense to refer to her Majesty as the Queen Consort in the early months of His Majesty’s reign, to distinguish from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Camilla is the appropriate title to set against King Charles on the invitation.
“The coronation is an appropriate time to start using ‘Queen Camilla’ in an official capacity. All former Queen consorts have been known as Queen plus their first name.”
The Royal Family website is set to be updated with the major title change as King Charles III’s coronation concludes. To mark the ceremony, a new joint portrait of His Majesty with the soon-to-be Queen Camilla has been released, showing the royals smiling in Buckingham Palace’s blue drawing room.