A new report has revealed that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be elevated above Prince Philip when her husband Prince Charles becomes King.
According to Express.co.uk the rank comes down to royal protocol.
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The publication maintains that “the wives of male royal family members obtain the equivalent title to their spouse when they marry, however males do not."
This means Camilla - who married Charles in 2005 - will hold the rank of Queen Consort when Charles ascends the throne. Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh, was never given the title of King.
The report quotes a Quora source as saying: “A Queen can be a Queen Consort (married to a King), a Queen Regnant (reigning in her own right), or a Queen Dowager (mother of the reigning monarch).
“Kings, however, only exist as Kings Regnant (the term isn’t particularly used since that’s the only state a King can exist in).
“Therefore, Camilla will be a Queen Consort when Charles succeeds his mother. Philip, on the other hand, can’t be a King, since it’s his wife (the Queen Regnant) doing the reigning.”
In July royal expert Tim Ewart told Yahoo’s The Royal Box that Charles may enjoy the same level of popularity as his mother Her Majesty when he becomes the next king of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
"A large part of the popularity of the monarchy is based on the personal popularity of the Queen,” said Ewart.
Ewart added: "Will that popularity transfer to her son? An open question, we don’t know.
"There are suggestions that he’s not as popular as she is. We know that."