Queen uses Platinum Jubilee speech to support 'Queen Camilla'

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The Queen has used her Platinum Jubilee message to the nation to back the Duchess of Cornwall as Queen Camilla, shaping the future of the monarchy on her historic milestone - Credit: PA

The Queen has used her Platinum Jubilee address to the nation to back the Duchess of Cornwall as Queen Camilla.

The monarch spoke of her "sincere wish" that Camilla be known as Queen Consort when the Prince of Wales becomes King, making a hugely significant intervention that will shape the future of the monarchy.

As she reached the historic milestone of 70 years on the throne, Elizabeth II set out her hopes that her daughter-in-law, once a royal mistress, would now be called Queen, and crowned at Charles' side.

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The Queen spoke of her hopes that the Duchess of Cornwall will be called Queen, and crowned at Charles' side - Credit: PA

The head-of-state, using the opportunity to put her affairs in order on a public platform, also shared her support for her eldest son to succeed her as monarch.

The Queen, 95, said in the written message: "I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.

"And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you 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 own loyal service."

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King George VI relaxing with his daughter Princess Elizabeth during a visit to Natal National Park in South Africa. - Credit: PA

The Queen who acceded to the throne on February 6 1952 on the death of her father George VI, also renewed her lifelong pledge of duty, despite approaching her 96th birthday this year.

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"As we mark this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service," she said.

She also paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh for the sacrifices he made as consort, thanked her family for their support, and made reference to the Queen Mother's role as a Queen Consort.

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The Duchess of Cornwall as she leaves after the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament in London. - Credit: PA

Camilla will take the role of consort when Charles becomes king.

The Queen wrote: "I am fortunate to have had the steadfast and loving support of my family.

"I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it.
"It is a role I saw my own mother perform during my father's reign."

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EMBARGOED TO 2200 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5 File photo dated 12/06/16 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen has used her Platinum Jubilee message to the nation to back the Duchess of Cornwall as Queen Camilla, shaping the future of the monarchy on her historic milestone. Issue date: Saturday February 5, 2022. - Credit: PA

Camilla would technically have been Queen when Charles acceded to the throne, and only legislation would have prevented it.

But royal aides insisted, when she married Charles in 2005, that Camilla did not want to be queen and said originally that the former Mrs Parker Bowles "intended" to be known instead as Princess Consort - the first in British history - instead.

But the careful use of the verb "to intend" left this open to change in the future.

Any mention of "Princess Consort" was removed from Charles's website during a revamp in 2018.

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EMBARGOED TO 2200 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5 File photo dated 5/6/2012 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the 1902 State Landau coach at Buckingham Palace at the end of a carriage procession following a National Service of Thanksgiving and a Lunch in honour of her Diamond Jubilee. he Queen has used her Platinum Jubilee message to the nation to back the Duchess of Cornwall as Queen Camilla, shaping the future of the monarchy on her historic milestone. Issue date: Saturday February 5, 2022. - Credit: PA

Much has changed in the years since Charles, who aides once said had no intention of remarrying, wed his long term love.

Camilla was blamed for the breakdown of the prince's marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, and when news of their affair first came to light, she faced vitriolic criticism.

Yet now, with the Queen setting out her wishes and calling for people to support Charles and Camilla, the duchess will undoubtedly be crowned alongside the prince at his coronation when the time comes.

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EMBARGOED TO 2200 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5 File photo dated 09/04/2005 of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, leave St George's Chapel, Windsor, following the blessing of their wedding. The Queen has used her Platinum Jubilee message to the nation to back the Duchess of Cornwall as Queen Camilla, shaping the future of the monarchy on her historic milestone. Issue date: Saturday February 5, 2022. - Credit: PA

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said: "This is the most extraordinary message. The Queen is ensuring the transition, when it comes, to her son as king is as seamless and trouble free as possible.

"She's future proofing an institution she's served for seventy years. And for Camilla, the journey from being the third person in a marriage to queen-in-waiting, is complete."

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee message in full

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EMBARGOED TO 2200 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5 Handout photo issued by Buckingham Palace of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee message to the nation which she has used to back the Duchess of Cornwall as Queen Camilla, shaping the future of the monarchy on her historic milestone. In the hugely significant intervention, she expressed her "sincere wish" that Camilla will be known as Queen Consort when the Prince of Wales becomes King. Issue date: Saturday February 5, 2022. - Credit: PA

"Tomorrow, 6th February, marks the 70th anniversary of my Accession in 1952. It is a day that, even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign.

"As we mark this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service.
As I look ahead with a sense of hope and optimism to the year of my Platinum Jubilee, I am reminded of how much we can be thankful for.

"These last seven decades have seen extraordinary progress socially, technologically and culturally that have benefitted us all; and I am confident that the future will offer similar opportunities to us and especially to the younger generations in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth.

"I am fortunate to have had the steadfast and loving support of my family. I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it. It is a role I saw my own mother perform during my father's reign.

"This anniversary also affords me a time to reflect on the goodwill shown to me by people of all nationalities, faiths and ages in this country and around the world over these years.

"I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.

"And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you 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 own loyal service.

"And so as I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbours and communities - after some difficult times for so many of us - in order to enjoy the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day lives that have so happily coincided with my reign.

Your Servant,

Elizabeth R."