When King Charles III ascends the throne of the United Kingdom on May 6, 2021, his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, will become the first Queen Consort of the United Kingdom in over a century. The title of Queen Consort is traditionally given to the wife of a reigning king, and is not a hereditary title.
Camilla and Charles have been married since 2005, and have been a part of the Royal Family for over 15 years. During this time, Camilla has become an integral part of the Royal Family, attending official engagements and representing the monarchy in her own right.
Camilla will become Queen Consort on the day of Charles’s coronation at Westminster Abbey. This is a significant event in British history, as it will be the first coronation of a British monarch since Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Camilla will be the first Queen Consort since Queen Alexandra, who was the wife of King Edward VII from 1901-1910. Queen Alexandra was the first Queen Consort since Queen Victoria, who was the wife of King Edward VII from 1837-1901.
The role of Queen Consort is largely ceremonial, and is not a political role. However, Camilla will be expected to attend state occasions and official engagements, and will be a visible presence at the side of King Charles.
Camilla will also be expected to take on a number of charitable roles, and will be a patron of several charities and organisations. She is likely to become a prominent figure in the Royal Family, and will be an important part of the monarchy for many years to come.
The coronation of King Charles III and the ascension of Camilla to Queen Consort will be a momentous occasion in British history, and will be a significant milestone in the Royal Family’s long and illustrious history. Camilla will be the first Queen Consort of the United Kingdom in over a century, and her role in the monarchy will be an important one.