That’s true. Before the couple wed in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, Clarence House announced the creation of this new title. “It is intended that Mrs. Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne,” the statement said. At the time, Slate described “princess consort” as a title created to avoid a PR crisis.
“It’s a new title created just for Camilla, because crowning her as queen would create PR problems for the royals,” columnist Daniel Engber wrote in February 2005. “A marriage between divorcees like Charles and Camilla remains taboo for some members of the Church of England, and Camilla is already unpopular for breaking up the prince’s marriage to Diana.”
However, during her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, Queen Elizabeth said she would prefer for Camilla to be called queen consort after all.
At the time, a Clarence House spokesman said the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were “touched and honored”.
Indeed, In the announcement of the passing of Queen Elizabeth on September 8, 2022, the royal family’s official Twitter account referred to Charles and Camilla as The King and The Queen Consort.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
Originally published in Glamour.com