The couple will both be anointed on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.
Buckingham Palace used the term "Queen Camilla" on the invitations released for King Charles' coronation on May 6, establishing the monarch's wife as the Queen for the first time. The elaborate invitations, which feature a medieval design and were revealed on April 4, will be sent to more than 2,000 guests. The invitation gives Camilla, who has previously been referred to as the queen consort, equal prominence, per TODAY.
Ever since Camilla wed Charles in a civil wedding in 2005, she has won over a sizable portion of the British populace with her friendliness and approachable humor.
The official invitation for the Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort has been revealed.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 5, 2023
Designed by Andrew Jamieson, the invitation features the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore, symbolic of spring and rebirth, to celebrate the new reign.
The change in the title represents yet another development in the remarkable transformation of a woman who was once derided in the UK. Long before the current monarch Charles wed Diana in 1981, he and Camilla were friends, and their romance remained strong throughout the turbulent marriage between Diana and Charles. That earned Camilla the scorn of Diana's ardent supporters, who stood by the royal as her marriage broke down.
In a declaration early last year, the late Queen Elizabeth II expressed her wish that Camilla would be referred to as "queen consort" when Charles became King.
The couple will both be anointed on May 6 at Westminster Abbey. The king's eldest grandson, Prince George, age 9, who is second in line to the throne, will be one of four pages of honor accompanying the monarch during the service, the palace announced in a press statement. Camilla will have four pages as well. The eight young pages, who are either family friends or close relatives of Charles and Camilla, will carry the robes of important people during the day.
As the countdown to the Coronation continues, a new photograph of The King and The Queen Consort has been released.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 4, 2023
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The palace wrote in the statement, “The King’s Pages of Honour will be His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Master Nicholas Barclay, and Master Ralph Tollemache. The Queen Consort’s Pages of Honour will be Her Majesty’s grandsons, Master Gus and Master Louis Lopes and Master Freddy Parker Bowles, and Her Majesty’s great-nephew, Master Arthur Elliot.”
The ancient Green Man motif has been used on the coronation invitations as a tribute to the monarch's history of conservation and environmental protection. The Green Man is “an ancient figure from British folklore, symbolic of spring and rebirth, to celebrate the new reign,” the palace said. “The shape of the Green Man is crowned in natural foliage formed by leaves of oak, ivy, and hawthorn, and the emblematic flowers of the United Kingdom.”
The original artwork for the invitation was hand-painted in watercolour and gouache, and the design will be reproduced and printed on recycled card, with gold foil detailing. Central to the design is the motif of the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore.— Unicorn Royal 🦄 (@irinarod13) April 5, 2023
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