On the eve of the 70th anniversary of her reign, Queen Elizabeth did something slightly unexpected. After years of speculation, the Monarch finally gave her blessing for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to be know as queen once her husband Prince Charles becomes king. Days later, Camilla reacted to the gesture in public — and her response is so sweet!
Her Majesty gave her full approval for Camilla to be given the title of “Queen Consort” once Charles becomes king last week. The statement settled years of speculation around Camilla’s title, given both that this is Charles second marriage, and the public’s undying love for his late ex-wife, Princess Diana.
Less than a week later, Camilla attended an event at a community kitchen in London, and one of the people she met took the chance to ask her about the Queen’s blessing. The British royals don’t always comment their personal feelings about events, so the way Camilla reacts shows how important the moment is.
“I feel very, very honored and very touched,” Camilla answered.
In her statement, the Queen first highlighted how much it mean to have her late husband Prince Philip’s support during the first 69 years of her reign. She then turned her attention to her daughter-in-law’s future when Charles becomes king.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service,” the Queen wrote.
The news came quickly after Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19.
Camilla’s event occurred hours after her husband Charles, the Prince of Wales tested positive for COVID-19 again and was forced to cancel his outings. Since Camilla remained negative for the virus, she was able to continue as usual.
“This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating. HRH is deeply disappointed not to be able to attend today’s events in Winchester and will look to reschedule his visit as soon as possible,” the statement read.
No further information has been revealed about his condition. As a precaution, a royal source confirmed to People Magazine that Queen Elizabeth was being monitored after meeting with Charles earlier this week. The 95-year-old monarch isn’t currently showing any symptoms.
Here’s hoping the British royals can keep celebrating all the milestones to come!