The wife of King Charles III was officially recognized as Queen Camilla for the first time, with Buckingham Palace using the title for invitations to the monarch’s coronation on May 6.
LONDON — The wife of King Charles III was officially recognized as Queen Camilla for the first time, with Buckingham Palace using the title on an invitation to the monarch’s coronation on May 6.
Camilla, who has until now been described as the Queen’s consort, is equally credited with the ornate medieval-style invitations, which will be sent to more than 2,000 guests and unveiled on Tuesday.
The new title is another step in the remarkable transformation of a woman once derided as a spoiled housewife for her role in the breakdown of Charles’ marriage to the late Princess Diana.
Charles and Camilla dated long before the future king married Diana in 1981, and their relationship continued through a stormy marriage. This made Camilla an object of contempt among Diana’s many admirers, who rallied around the princess when her marriage collapsed.
But Camilla has won over much of the British public with her warmth and down-to-earth humor since she married Charles in a civil ceremony in 2005. Early last year, the late Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement in which she hoped Camilla would be known as. “The Queen Consort” when Charles became King.
Camilla and her husband will be crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.
The palace released a few more details about the coronation on Tuesday, announcing that 9-year-old Prince George, the king’s eldest grandson, who is second in line to the throne, will be one of four pages of honor to the monarch who have been present during the reign. service Camila will also have four pages.
The eight young pages are either family friends or close relatives of Charles and Camilla and will be dressed as celebrities on the day.
Coronation invitations feature the ancient Green Man motif, which demonstrates the monarch’s record of supporting conservation and environmental protection.
The Green Man is “an ancient figure in British folklore, symbolizing spring and rebirth to celebrate the new kingdom,” the palace said.
“The shape of the Green Man, crowned with natural foliage, is formed from oak, ivy and hawthorn leaves and the iconic flowers of the United Kingdom.”
The design, created by heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator Andrew Jamieson, will be printed on a recycled card with gold foil detailing.