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Old 05-28-2007, 07:32 PM
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All true. However, The Queen also approved Diana's royal lozenge after the separation was announced, which featured a stylized D under a coronet, which is usually reserved for the children of the Sovereign only.

I think it's safe to say she permitted Diana to retain the dignity of being a princess, although she was only one by marriage and lost the distinction with divorce.
I imagine that at the time of the separation the Queen would have expected Charles & Diana to live their separate lives discreetly and would not have expected them to divorce. If Diana was going to remain Charles' wife, she would have eventually become Queen, and for that reason alone it would have been reasonable for Diana to be accorded special status.
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:45 PM
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Her Royal Highness

The Princess of Wales

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Rothesay

The Countess of Chester
The Countess of Carrick
The Baroness of Renfrew
Lady of the Isles




And Princess and Great Stewardess of Scotland!

Also as the wife of Prince Charles, Camilla is also Lady of the Garter, Lady of the Thistle, and Lady of all of his many other Orders of Chivalry.... thus she can add to her long list of titles, the following initials:
KG, KT, OM, QSO, GCB.....
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:49 PM
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Just because she's Charles's second wife doesen't mean she is a lady of the gartar. Isn't one appointed to be a member of the gartar.
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:57 PM
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Diana was a bit of a unique situation. Although she was never created a princess in her own right via letters patent, The Queen did allow her to be addressed as Princess Diana, both during her marriage and after the divorce, because she was the mother of a future king. However, technically it was always incorrect.

Camilla is a different situation because she is a second wife and will not bear heirs to the throne. Her style and title as Duchess of Cornwall is viewed as sufficient to her standing, although she is also a princess of the UK by marriage.
I think, like Kerry, that her title of Duchess of Cornwall suits her " merveille". I don't think she cares to be called a Princess. She was in love with Prince Charles and wanted to marry him, as all women in love wants to marry their beloved ones...Once she did, she began to be perfectly happy (at least this is that I believe). Duchess of Cornwall is a good title.

And I do not think Prince of Walles would regret his marriage to Lady Diana. I suppose that, at first he tryed with all his might to really like her (even if he couldn't love her), and I think he succeded in a certain way. Their children were a solid tie between them, and still are. I don't imagine that Prince Charles could hate Diana or view the years he was married to her, as a complete hell...and after all, he cried when she died. His face during Diana's funeral is saying all about his personal feelings toward her. She was his wife for years...and that counts for something, isn't it?

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I think, like Kerry, that her title of Duchess of Cornwall suits her " merveille". I don't think she cares to be called a Princess. She was in love with Prince Charles and wanted to marry him, as all women in love wants to marry their beloved ones...Once she did, she began to be perfectly happy (at least this is that I believe). Duchess of Cornwall is a good title.

And I do not think Prince of Walles would regret his marriage to Lady Diana. I suppose that, at first he tryed with all his might to really like her (even if he couldn't love her), and I think he succeded in a certain way. Their children were a solid tie between them, and still are. I don't imagine that Prince Charles could hate Diana or view the years he was married to her, as a complete hell...and after all, he cried when she died. His face during Diana's funeral is saying all about his personal feelings toward her. She was his wife for years...and that counts for something, isn't it?

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It certainly does, theres no point in holding grudges against a dead person.
And I also believe that the style of Duchess suits Camilla.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:13 PM
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Just because she's Charles's second wife doesen't mean she is a lady of the gartar. Isn't one appointed to be a member of the garter.
True but she'll certainly get it in the near future. As the future Queen, she automatically gets it - not on the statutes of the Order but on tradition.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:14 PM
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I think, like Kerry, that her title of Duchess of Cornwall suits her " merveille". I don't think she cares to be called a Princess. .
Well I don't think Camilla particularly cared for being married to Charles either; their relationship without a marriage certificate meant she could enjoy his companionship without the responsibilities and the pressures involved with being his wife and a Princess of Wales.

But the Queen rightly saw how that situation was untenable for both Camilla and Charles and both of their reputations were suffering because of it.

It is not necessarily a bad thing to expect that a woman who marries the Prince of Wales should accept everything that comes with such a marriage-both the good and the bad.

As I said, I understood why they decided to have her go by the name Duchess of Cornwall I think it shall make the future much harder in the long run for all concerned and Diana is hardly in a place where she is worried about what will happen to the Princess of Wales title.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:17 PM
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One doesn't get the Order of the Garter unless the monarch so chooses. Up till now neither Diana nor Camilla nor any other married Princess has received the Garter. Only born princesses such as Princess Anne and Queen Consorts have received it.

If Camilla becomes Queen, no doubt Charles will bestow upon her the Order of the Garter. If his marriage with Diana had been successful and the two had ascended the throne as King Charles and Queen Diana, no doubt he would have bestowed the Order of the Garter on Diana.
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Yes but when Charles becomes King I think it's very safe to say that she'll get that Garter. That's what I meant.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:22 PM
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Yes but when Charles becomes King I think it's very safe to say that she'll get that Garter. That's what I meant.
OK, I got ya. That's what I meant too.

Although we're straying far from the topic of what title should Camilla get.

Hey, I've got a question to throw out at you all. Who here believes Camilla should not have the Princess of Wales title ever but believe that she should be crowned Queen when Charles is crowned King.

Up till now I think most people assumed that if she didn't take the title of Princess of Wales, she wouldn't or shouldn't take the title of Queen.

But Diana never had the title of Queen so its not like Camilla is using something that Diana previously owned.

Does that make a difference or do the people who think Camilla should not be Princess of Wales also believe that she should not be Queen?
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:26 PM
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If Charles had no other title, then wouldn't his Garter make him Sir Charles Windsor, essentially? So then Camilla would in effect be Lady Windsor. No?
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Yep. If all titles went tomorrow, they'd be Sir Charles Mountbatten-Windsor and Lady Camilla Mountbatten-Windsor.
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Hey, I've got a question to throw out at you all. Who here believes Camilla should not have the Princess of Wales title ever but believe that she should be crowned Queen when Charles is crowned King.

Up till now I think most people assumed that if she didn't take the title of Princess of Wales, she wouldn't or shouldn't take the title of Queen.

But Diana never had the title of Queen so its not like Camilla is using something that Diana previously owned.

Does that make a difference or do the people who think Camilla should not be Princess of Wales also believe that she should not be Queen?
I think being styled as Duchess of Cornwall was a necessary concession to the fact that Diana died with the style of Princess of Wales and was the mother of Princes William and Harry. It would have been insensitive for a second wife who was not the mother of the heirs to be styled as Princess of Wales, even though Camilla has the right to do so.

But the issue of her title and style when Charles becomes King is another matter altogether. She is his lawful wife and entitled to be Queen when the time comes. Even if Diana had lived, she was never going to be Queen and that's the end of that.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:59 PM
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When Charles and Diana got married, Buckingham Palace put out these press releases on how Diana was to be styled and it was Diana, Princess of Wales.
I don't think this is accurate. Diana was "HRH The Princess of Wales" during her marriage. After the divorce she was styled "Diana, Princess of Wales," which is the typical style for a divorced or dowager peeress. Similarly, Sarah was "HRH The Duchess of York" during her marriage and "Sarah, Duchess of York" afterwards.
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It would have been insensitive for a second wife who was not the mother of the heirs to be styled as Princess of Wales, even though Camilla has the right to do so.

But the issue of her title and style when Charles becomes King is another matter altogether. She is his lawful wife and entitled to be Queen when the time comes. Even if Diana had lived, she was never going to be Queen and that's the end of that.
Yes, she is his lawful wife and is also entitled to be styled as Princess of Wales. Being the "mother of the heirs" doesn't have anything to do with it. Should Earl Spencer's first wife be entitled to be called Countess Spencer forever and the earl's future wives only be called Mrs. Spencer because she gave birth to the heir? The whole "Diana had it so Camilla can't" is just silly to me. If Diana had eventually become Mrs. Hasnat Khan, would it have been OK for Camilla to be styled Princess of Wales? I would be pretty annoyed if I couldn't take my husband's name just because his ex-wife still had it......
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I agree with you, but I also understand why it was done and that may have included Camilla's own desire to be sensitive to her two future stepsons who lost their mother.

But once her husband becomes The Sovereign, that's it.
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I don't think this is accurate. Diana was "HRH The Princess of Wales" during her marriage. After the divorce she was styled "Diana, Princess of Wales," which is the typical style for a divorced or dowager peeress. Similarly, Sarah was "HRH The Duchess of York" during her marriage and "Sarah, Duchess of York" afterwards.
Yes, that is right, however, I think BP had to put out an announcement of how Diana's name was to be used with the title. People were used to Lady Diana so to start calling her Princess Diana would have seemed natural (but wrong). If you used Diana's name with the title it had to be Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Again, it was a guideline, but essentially inaccurate since that form is reserved for a divorcee or dowager peeress. She was always and only HRH The Princess of Wales while married.
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I agree with you, but I also understand why it was done and that may have included Camilla's own desire to be sensitive to her two future stepsons who lost their mother.
Interesting point, but I think it had much, much more to do to bowing to public opinion - something the Royal Family learned in the aftermath of Diana's death - than taking the boys feelings into account. I really don't think they would have cared. I doubt they thought/think of their mother as HRH The Princess of Wales, but rather as "mummy," just as Camilla is probably just "Camilla," to them, not HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. My mother remarried and took her husband's name. I can't say I've lost any sleep over it! :-)
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I think being styled as Duchess of Cornwall was a necessary concession to the fact that Diana died with the style of Princess of Wales and was the mother of Princes William and Harry. ......
No it wasn't neccesary, IMO. That would be saying only first wives, regardless of their behavior or marital status, have the only right to be called Mrs ??? or Lady ????

Just because someone dies with a particular title, does not mean that dead person holds the exclusive right to it.

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Hey, I've got a question to throw out at you all. Who here believes Camilla should not have the Princess of Wales title ever but believe that she should be crowned Queen when Charles is crowned King.
As you might have guessed (put that crystal ball away), I believe that Camilla should be using the Princess of Wales title, which she has anyway. Of course she should be crowned Queen when Charles becomes King.
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