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Old 04-17-2008, 08:40 PM
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Well, didn't Prince Henrik of Denmark say something like that he thinks it is really unfair that the husband of a queen is not called king?
IIRC, that was the big problem with Lord Darnley and Mary Queen of Scots. He wanted the Scottish Crown Matrimonial, and the title of King, and she didn't want to give it to him. And we all see how well that worked out...

I absolutely agree that it should be Queen Camilla seated beside King Charles III. If Wills comes to the throne and his father never does, well...Camilla can't be Queen Mother since she won't be the new King's mother. So wouldn't it have to be Dowager something or other? I like the elegant Princess Alice solution proposed by some of the posters here.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:24 PM
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If Camilla is crowned Queen, and outlives her husband, it would be expected that she would be known as Her Majesty Queen Camilla.

Although automatically a Dowager, there seems to be somewhat of an unliking of the style and may possibly prefer not to be known as such (which is something both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother chose to do. Though Queen Mary also didn't warm to the stye of Queen Mother either and so chose not to bear it).

If Camilla is to be known as HRH The Princess Consort, and outlives her husband, it would then be expected, as seems logical to the situation, that she would be known as HRH Princess Camilla. Like her predecssors before her, she would be a Dowager, though whether or not she would wish to be known as HRH The Princess Dowager is anybody's guess.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:27 AM
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Like her predecssors before her, she would be a Dowager, though whether or not she would wish to be known as HRH The Princess Dowager is anybody's guess.
There is no precedent for the title and rank of HRH The Princess Consort. If it comes to pass, Parliament would essentially have to remove her right legally to be Queen (she would already be HM The Queen when the legislation is considered) and creating her a commoner as Camilla Mountbatten-Windsor.

At that point, The King, as fount of all honours, would then be free to issue letters patent creating Camilla a Princess of the UK in her own right and declare her precedence to be ahead of all other women of the Realm. If she survived The King, she would not be a dowager anything as she would already be a Princess in her own right.
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It all sounds like a huge mess to me fraught with multiple issues. Here is my take--unless HMQEII comes out and creates the Letters Patent herself, there is no way Charles is going to do it once he becomes King---and I quite agree that he shouldn't be the one to demote Camilla's rank. However, I don't think the Queen will do this because if that were the case, it would have happened when the marriage announcement occured. Changing Camilla's title sets a dangerous precedence for future monarchs wives and the simplest thing to do is to create her Queen when Charles becomes King and plop the Queen Mother's Coronation crown (Koh-i-noor and all) and all atop her head.
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If she survived The King, she would not be a dowager anything as she would already be a Princess in her own right
I found this sentence most informative. Thank you.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:26 AM
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We can probably be certain that the word 'Dowager' won't be used in any circumstances by a royal widow. I can't think of the last time a Queen was called 'Dowager Queen xxx', and certainly not since the Hanoverians ascended the throne, nor can I recall a Dowager Royal Duchess. It's more a descriptive or technical term rather than a formal title for British royalty and seems to be confined to the aristocracy where "Dowager Duchess" still sounds something special.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:36 AM
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IIRC, that was the big problem with Lord Darnley and Mary Queen of Scots. He wanted the Scottish Crown Matrimonial, and the title of King, and she didn't want to give it to him. And we all see how well that worked out...
I can't check it right now but that's what Wiki says:
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley was born in 1545, at Temple Newsam, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, the son of the 4th Earl of Lennox, and his wife, Margaret Douglas. He was related to his future wife in at least three ways: they shared a grandmother in Margaret Tudor, putting both Mary and Darnley high in the line of succession for the English throne; Darnley was a descendant of a daughter of James II of Scotland and thus also in line for the throne of Scotland; and Darnley's family surname was due to a much more ancient connection to his male-line ancestor, Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland.

On their marriage, which took place 29 July 1565 in the chapel of Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Darnley was given the title of King of Scots, but he was a king consort only, with no royal powers."

The last info was new to me, too but I understand why Mary tried to keep him from the power - because his father was well-known for trying to get the throne of Scotland for himself while his mother had been the favorite of Mary Tudor for the succession in England and was thus regarded with hate by Elizabeth I. Both parents had so many connections, supporters etc. and Darnley had a weak character - to give him Royal power would have meant to endanger her own position.


While Prince Albert was to "German" in his connections and thinking and thus much too autocratic for the Britsih parliament of his time to want him as King Consort. While today it doesn't mean naything more than just another title confered on a person without real power behind it.
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The widowed Queen Consort thereby becomes Queen Dowager, though it is interesting that it is not a title used, rather one which is unspokenly observed. And that serves no greater purpose than to distinguish between those who were Consort, and they who are now the incumbent. So being addressed as HM Queen XXXX is in itself an adaption of the discussed title which seems, in a sense, agreeably unassuming.

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confined to the aristocracy where "Dowager Duchess" still sounds something special.
So true and likely portrayed as an 'executive authority'.
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I don't think Dowager anything sounds special. I think it sounds fat. Like the big, fat, Dowager Duchess. I hope Camilla doesn't use that term at all!
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It sounds fat?.lol.

It's extremely unlikely that Camilla would use the distinction in any title if she outlives her husband, though if crowned Queen, a Dowager she will be.
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Might be interesting to see what they'd call an ex-Queen who had the same name as the current Queen but wasn't the King's (or Queen's) mother. They might have to resort to Dowager.
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If the Queen lives as long as her mother and dosn't abdicate the discussion about Camilla and Charles' titles would be irrelevent anyway and that is very possible.
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That wud be an interesting circumstance. Though could it not be easily clarified by the monarchs mother using the title Queen Mother, whilst the other could just be known as Queen XXXX?

Though if sharing the same name, that could lead to some confusion so perhaps the other could be known as Queen Dowager.

Intruiging stuff!
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:30 PM
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Queen Dowager--what an interesting ring it has--it sounds odd, I supose I think it should be Dowager Queen. But, I doubt that will happen anyway--that's a discussion for after the next title gets figured out. I personally think that Camilla should be Queen Camilla, but Madame Royale has given a very eloquent reason for wanting Camilla to be HRH The Princess Consort (it's several pages back but I suggest new posters read it--it is enlightning!).
So, let's say she becomes Queen Camilla, then Charles passes away. William marries and his wife becomes Queen Whatever; wouldn't Camilla still be known as Queen Camilla? Incidentally, where does the Dowager Queen fall in the order of precedence? For QEQM was it QEII, QEQM, and so forth?
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If crowned Queen, and Charles dies before his wife then Camilla would be HM Queen Camilla. The term Dowager represents the position of the former reigning consort though not necessarily her title.

Camilla would then fall beneath the Queen Consort in the Order of Precedence, as has been the case for all surviving consorts.
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That wud be an interesting circumstance. Though could it not be easily clarified by the monarchs mother using the title Queen Mother, whilst the other could just be known as Queen XXXX?

Though if sharing the same name, that could lead to confusion so perhaps the other could be known as Queen Dowager.

Intruiging stuff!
If the ex-queen isn't the mother of the current monarch, she can't be known as the Queen Mother, though. If William IV's widow had been called Victoria rather than Adelaide, then when Queen Victoria came to the throne, we'd have had two Queen Victorias and the older one wouldn't have been the Queen Mother. I don't really see how they could have avoided a Dowager handle in that case.
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Oh I did indeed read your post wrong.

For some reason, I thought you meant that there were three Queen's, one was the mother and one was not. I made no mention of the regnant. My mistake.

I think the Dowager would be HM Queen XXXX. Rembering, the Queen is HM The Queen so I'd have thought it wouldn't be to hard to distinguish who's who.

But perhaps the use of Dowager would be needed in such circumstances.

(Did I really type 'wud'? Oh dear...lol.)
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An outsider would have been confused to hear palace officials speak of the two Queens before the Queen Mother died in 2002. The Queen Mother was always "Queen Elizabeth" and the Queen was always "The Queen." I don't think the Queen Mother's name was all that well-known among those who couldn't remember her from before 1952.
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I was a big supporter of Diana, Princess of Wales and still am, and i do think Diana was treated very badly, i don't d oubt she had faults everyone does, but she was treated badly, and i was very saddened when she died as she was a lovely person and for a long time i felt that Camilla should not even be allowed to join the Royal Family, but as much as i still like and admire Diana and always will l(Rip Diana) my opinion of Camilla has changed, i like her very much and if she makes Prince Charles happy well i think she should now be allowed to be Queen when Charles becomes King. I now think Camilla and Charles should have been married all those years ago. I don't think i would necesarily curtsey to her but I would acknowledge Camilla as Queen.
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Welcome, Lynne

I'm always pleased to read that someone who was a Diana supporter and was against Camilla has changed their mind and come to like her to the extent that you think she should be Queen. I'd be interested to know what changed your mind. Was it just that she makes Charles happy or was it something about Camilla herself that led you to reconsider your views?
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