King Charles Unveils Coronation Invitation and Refers to Wife as ‘Queen Camilla’ for First Time

Camilla Parker Bowles just received an unofficial title upgrade.

This week, the royal family released a sneak peek of King Charles’s coronation invitation on social media. It didn’t take long for us to notice that the invite referred to his wife as “Queen Camilla” (instead of Queen Consort).

The coronation invitation featured a colorful border with flowers, greenery and family crests. The text read, “The coronation of their majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.”

Bowles received the Queen Consort title when her husband ascended the throne after the passing of Queen Elizabeth. But the royal family hadn’t referred to her as Queen Camilla…until now.

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It’s important to note that Bowles’s royal title hasn’t officially changed to “Queen Camilla.” In fact, the caption still referred to Bowles as the Queen Consort: “The official invitation for the Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort has been revealed!”

However, this could be the first of many Queen Camilla references. A royal source told CNN that Bowles may drop “consort” after the coronation. “It made sense to refer to Her Majesty as the Queen Consort in the early months of His Majesty’s reign, to distinguish from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the source said.

They continued, “‘Queen Camilla’ is the appropriate title to set against ‘King Charles’ on the invitation. The coronation is an appropriate time to start using ‘Queen Camilla’ in an official capacity. All former Queen Consorts have been known as ‘Queen’ plus their first name.”

We’re not sure how to feel about this.

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