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Why Kate Middleton will be ‘Queen’ – but Camilla won’t have the same title

When Camilla Parker Bowles married into the Royal Family in 2005 some will have expected her to eventually be Queen Camilla.

As she tied the knot with Prince Charles, she became known as Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.

One day, she will sit beside her husband as he becomes the King of England – but, unlike Kate Middleton, Camilla will not be Queen.

Charles, as the Queen’s eldest child, is the next in line to the throne.

But when the time comes, Camilla will not take on the title of Queen – out of respect for the late Princess Diana.

As reported by The Express, when Charles does ascend to the throne the Duchess will take on an entirely different title.

Camilla is expected to become princess consort rather than queen consort.

Before the couple were married, Clarence House announced: “It is intended that Mrs Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.”

She is also not entitled to use the princess title in her own right now.

Camilla therefore could officially be known as Princess Charles.

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Traditionally wives of the reigning king become queen consorts- but some fear the change would create a bad PR for the royals.

A spokesperson told the Times previously: “The intention is for the duchess to be known as princess consort when the prince accedes to the throne.

“This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.”

A spokesperson for the University College London’s constitutional unit also told The Times: “Prince Charles will no doubt have regard to public opinion at the time of his accession, in deciding whether Camilla should become queen; and he may also want to seek the advice of the government of the day.”

But the same is not said for Kate Middleton, who will be able to be Queen Kate when William takes over from Charles.

When the young couple married in 2011, Kate took the title Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Following royal protocol, the only time Kate will be able to use her first name after title is when William takes the throne.

The Duchess of Cambridge would then become the Queen Consort – known as Queen Catherine or Kate.

The official coronation page on the Royal Family’s website reads: “Unless decided otherwise, a Queen consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony”.

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