When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles on July 29, 1981, she became formally known as Her Royal Highness, Princess Diana of Wales.
What many won’t have realised is that Diana inherited other titles including the Duchess of Rothesay and Countess of Cheshire.
The royal title of the Duchess of Cornwall also once belonged to Diana, but is now used by Camilla Parker Bowles who married Charles in 2005.
The title was also previously held by Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, Queen Mary who was married to King George V.
Why is Camilla not the Princess of Wales?
When Camilla and Charles married, she opted to go by the Duchess of Cornwall presumably out of respect for Diana.
However, because she is married to the Prince of Wales, technically Camilla is also the Princess of Wales.
Will Camilla ever be Queen?
When Charles succeeds the throne from his mother, the Queen, the most likely scenario will be that Camilla takes the title of ‘Princess Consort’ rather than ‘Queen’.
The matter is raised in the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of the Prince’s official website where the answer is crystal clear.
“As was explained at the time of their wedding in April 2005, it is intended that The Duchess will be known as HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”
However, royal correspondent Andrew Robert disagrees, telling Sunrise last year that “technically, unless there’s a change of law or an act of parliament [Camilla] will become ‘Queen Consort’, they’d have to change the law to stop her being ‘Queen Consort.”
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