Royal experts say King Charles has sent a message to his wife’s critics – including Prince Harry – that she is at the top of the list after confirming her new title as Queen Camilla.
Officials broke the news last night when they released a photo of the coronation invitation, which will be sent out later this month, which reads: “Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.”
Commentators from the royal family said the title, which will take hold after the ceremony on May 6, marks ‘the end of a remarkable journey’ for Camilla, who was once portrayed as Britain’s most hated woman in the wake of Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
It comes after the Duke of Sussex, 38, called his stepmother “dangerous” and “vicious” during a publicity campaign for his surprise memoir Spear earlier this year, accusing her of “trading information” with the press in exchange for favorable coverage. itself.
“It definitely sends a message to Harry and everyone else that Camilla is firmly in the top of the offside order,” royal author Phil Dampier told MailOnline.
Royal experts said today that King Charles has sent a message to his wife’s critics – including Prince Harry – that she is at the top of the list after confirming her new title as Queen Camilla.
Dressed in royal blue, the king and queen consort take a new official photo
He added: ‘The late Queen Elizabeth made it clear she wanted Camilla to be queen and that made it a lot easier for Charles.
Just a few months later, we drop the consort and call her Queen, which is how it should be, as every previous Queen has been known by that title.
So far, Camila has made no mistake, but she now faces a grueling series of overseas tours and major public events in an age when most of us are putting our feet up. It will be a good test but I hope you are up to the task.
Meanwhile, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline today that Camilla’s new address marks “the end of a wonderful journey”.
He said: ‘Since her marriage to Charles, then Prince of Wales, in 2005, she has worked tirelessly to support him and carry out her duties in an exemplary manner.
She did not defend herself or attack her critics.
The ferocity with which she was once cursed and her handling of what must have been a devastating period after Diana’s tragic death are vivid memories for those who followed royal affairs at the time.
“There was also a universal fascination with what went wrong in Charles’ marriage.”
He added: “Camilla was ‘non-negotiable’ to Charles and the picture released by their palace in Buckingham Palace’s blue drawing room shows just how happy they are together.
The King will no doubt be furious at Harry’s latest attack on her in an interview promoting his memoir Spur, saying she is “dangerous”, and citing “the need to rehabilitate her image” as the reason.
“However, it is the Sussexes whose image may need to be rehabilitated for their arrogance – as polls now show.”
Asked about the title – when the accompanying press release itself was still referring to Camilla as The Queen’s Queen – a senior royal aide told the Mail: ‘It would have been common sense to refer to Her Majesty as Queen Consort in the early months of His Majesty’s reign, to distinguish For Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Camilla is a fitting title to be set against King Charles at invitation. The coronation is the time to start using ‘Queen Camilla’ in an official capacity. All previous Queen Consorts have been known as the Queen as well as their given name.
The change, previously unimaginable, puts a stamp on Camilla’s remarkable shift in the nation’s emotions
Seen here for the first time, King Charles’ official coronation invitation is a riot of flora and fauna centered around the ancient folklore symbol, the Green Man
It is understood that Buckingham Palace will adjust its website to reflect the change next month.
The Daily Mail was first to reveal in December that the palace planned to drop the word consort from Camilla’s title “organic” this year.
This was confirmed by The Mail on Sunday in February, when it reported that she would be referred to as Queen after the coronation.
The change, previously unimaginable, puts a stamp on Camilla’s remarkable shift in the nation’s emotions.
When she married the then Prince of Wales in 2005 in a civil ceremony — Queen Elizabeth refused to attend — it was announced that Camilla “intended” to be known as Princess Consort when her husband acceded to the throne.
The use of the word “intentional” was designed to give royal aides room to maneuver, but at the time many still blamed it for the breakdown of Charles’ marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales.
But since then, Camila, 75, has won over a lot with her warmth, sense of humor, lack of complaining, and work advocating for victims of domestic violence, as well as promoting literacy.
A royal insider said last night: ‘His Majesty has always regarded it as a matter of honour. He is a king, therefore, it follows that his wife should be a queen.
It’s like telling someone they can’t be known as Mrs. So-and-so.
“It’s entirely up to them whether they choose to be called that, but it’s still basically their right to do so.”
Tomorrow will be a month since the coronation, but invitations to the historic event, the first in 70 years, will not be sent out until about two weeks in advance.
Set to be collectors’ items, they feature an exquisitely designed border of flora and fauna swarming around a green man, an ancient traditional symbol of spring and rebirth, to represent the New Testament.
Queen Elizabeth II poses with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on June 2, 1953, prior to her coronation
Buckingham Palace has also confirmed the King and Queen’s Pages of Honor – led by Charles’ grandson Prince George, who will take part in the two-hour ceremony at the age of nine.
Princess Elizabeth was then 11 when she witnessed her father’s coronation in 1937, but had no official role. Nor did her son, Prince Charles, who was only four, attend her coronation in 1953.
Not only will Prince George watch his grandfather’s 74-year-old robe with three other pages, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, 13, Master Nicholas Barclay, 13, and Master Ralph Tollemache, 12.
The Queen Consort’s Pages of Honor will be Her Majesty’s grandchildren, Master Goose and Master Luis Lopez, both 13, Master Freddie Parker Bowles, 13, and the fourth is Camilla’s nephew, Master Arthur Elliott, 10.
The new portrait of Their Majesties released last night was taken last month in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace by Hugo Bernan, who will also take the official coronation portraits.
Camilla wears her favorite Fiona Clare dress with a diamond clip-on pearl necklace and pearl earrings.