King Charles III’s wife has been officially identified as Queen Camilla for the first time, with Buckingham Palace using the title on invitations to the monarch’s coronation on May 6.
Camilla, until now described as Queen Mother, Get the same treatment on the gorgeous medieval-inspired invitations that will be sent to over 2,000 guests and unveiled on Tuesday.
The new title is another step in a remarkable turnaround for the woman who was derided as a home-wrecker for her role in the breakdown of Charles’ marriage to the late Princess Diana.
Charles and Camilla knew each other long before the future king married Diana in 1981, and their relationship continued throughout their tumultuous marriage. This made Camilla the object of scorn from Diana’s many fans, who rallied around the princess when her marriage fell apart.
But since marrying Charles in a civil ceremony in 2005, Camilla has won over much of the British public with her warmth and down-to-earth humor. The late Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement early last year saying she wanted Camilla to be called “Queen” when Charles becomes king.
Camilla will be crowned with her husband Held at Westminster Abbey on 6 May.
On Tuesday, the royal family released more details about the coronation, announcing that the king’s eldest grandson, 9-year-old Prince George, will be second in line to the throne, Will be one of four pages of honors for the monarch present during the service. Camilla will also have four pages.
The eight young squires were either family friends or close relatives of Charles and Camilla, and would wear the robes of prominent men during the day.
The coronation invitations feature an ancient image of the Green Man, paying homage to the monarch’s record of supporting the protection of the environment.
The Green Man is “an ancient figure in English folklore, symbolizing spring and rebirth to celebrate a new reign”, the palace said.
“The shape of the Green Man is composed of oak, ivy and hawthorn leaves, and the symbolic flowers of Britain, crowned with natural foliage.”
Created by heraldic artist and manuscript illustrator Andrew Jamieson, the design will be printed on recycled card with gold leaf detailing.
— Danica Koka, Associated Press