Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has marked her 70th anniversary on the throne.
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has used her Platinum Jubilee to reimagine the monarchy’s future, advocating for the Duchess of Cornwall to be renamed Queen Camilla when Charles becomes King.
On February 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning queen in British history, rose to the throne.
When the 95-year-old monarch learned of her father, King George VI’s, untimely death while on a royal tour to Kenya, she was 25 years old.
She began the 70th-anniversary festivities by inviting local community groups to her Sandringham estate in the East of England.
Despite possessing the right to the title of Queen, when Charles married Camilla in 2005, the pair stated that she would be known as “Princess Consort.” It was interpreted as an awareness of the sensitivity surrounding a title slated for Diana, Charles’ first wife.
Camilla does not use the title of Princess of Wales for the same reason.
Before making such an important pronouncement concerning titles, the Queen would be expected to consult her immediate heirs Charles and William, implying that they both agreed and believed the British people were ready to accept Camilla as Queen.
In an astonishing speech delivered on the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne, the 95-year-old queen spelt out her vision for the institution’s transition.
“I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me,” the Queen said.
“And 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.” – she added