The Queen has expressed her “sincere wish” that the Duchess of Cornwall will be known as queen consort when the Prince of Wales is crowned king. The monarch’s seal of approval comes as she prepares to celebrate the milestone of her 70th year on the throne. In a statement, Prince Charles said: “On this historic day, my wife and I join you all in congratulating Her Majesty the Queen on the remarkable achievement of serving this nation, the Realms and Commonwealth for 70 years. “The Queen’s devotion to the welfare of all her people inspires still greater admiration with each passing year.
“We are deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother’s wish.
“As we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.
“The year of this unprecedented Platinum Jubilee brings an opportunity for us all to come together in celebrating the service of the Queen, by whose example we will continue to be led in the years to come.”
Speculation has surrounded the role for years, and royal author Robert Lacey claimed in December that Prince William and Prince Harry got “sick” of their father as he advocated for Camilla to become Queen consort.
Speaking to Newsweek, Mr Lacey said: “Privately I discovered both brothers are absolutely sick to the back teeth of Charles trying to negotiate full Queen status for Camilla.”
Newsweek also quoted a YouGov poll that showed only 13 percent of people in the UK would want Camilla to be Queen consort, compared to 41 percent wanting her to be Princess consort.
But royal author Penny Junor said Camilla will be perfect for the role.
She added: “There’s no reason on earth why she shouldn’t be. They were both divorcees and the past was unfortunate. It happened. All over the world people divorce, they make mistakes and they divorce.
“She’s been married to him 16 years. She has been a superb duchess. She has slowly, slowly worked her way into the role. There’s no sense that she’s in competition with him. She’s put her name to some very brave causes.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already offered their congratulations to Camilla.
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“In her message, she references the broadcast she made on her 21st birthday in which she pledged her life’s work to the people of the Commonwealth with the words: ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.'”
Tributes are also flooding in for the Queen as she marks her Platinum Jubilee, and some of the plans for the celebrations have been revealed.
To celebrate the unprecedented anniversary, events will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from June 2 to June 5.
The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
Some of the events include a nationwide baking competition and a big jubilee lunch on the Sunday.