What Is Camilla Parker Bowles’ Royal Title?

Every important member of the royal family has a royal title, so it should come of no surprise that Camilla Parker Bowles’ royal title boasts some serious status. As the wife of England’s future king, she actually has a few royal titles — and all three are ranked the highest in the family.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace
According to her royal titles, Camilla Parker Bowles is a princess. | Paul Rogers/ WPA Pool/ Getty Images

What is Camilla Parker Bowles’ royal title? Up ahead, we deep dive into her many royal titles, plus how they will change once her husband, Prince Charles becomes King of England.

Is Camilla Parker Bowles a princess?

She might not go by her princess title, but Camilla Parker Bowles is indeed one. Upon her marriage to Prince Charles (aka the Prince of Wales) Camilla legally became the Princess of Wales — a title largely associated with the late Princess Diana.

Out of respect to its former incumbent (and mother to her stepsons), Camilla Parker Bowles decided not to go by her highest-ranking title publicly. Instead, she goes by Prince Charles’s dukedom.

The Prince of Wales is a royal peerage reserved for the monarch’s eldest son and first-in-line in the British line of succession. Because of that, it’s the highest-ranking title (aside from king and queen) in the monarchy.

Tom Parker Bowles, Camilla, Laura Lopes
Camilla became the Duchess of Cornwall on her wedding day. | Matt Cardy – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Camilla Parker Bowles’ royal title

In addition to being Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, Camilla Parker Bowles holds two other prominent royal peerages. Because Prince Charles is His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall — a dukedom reserved for the monarch’s eldest son and heir to the British throne — she is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

In Scotland, Camilla goes by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay since Prince Charles is His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay.

Will Camilla Parker Bowles be queen?

When a male ascends the British throne, he becomes His Majesty The King of England. However, his wife doesn’t exactly get a title to match. Instead, she could become either queen consort or princess consort.

At the time of their royal wedding — Prince Charles’s second — the public was a tad weary of Camilla becoming a queen. However, upon their marriage, Clarence House (their official residence and office) announced that Camilla Parker Bowles will go by princess consort when Prince Charles ascends the throne.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla
When Prince Charles ascends the throne, Camilla will become Princess Consort. | Arthur Edwards /WPA Pool/Getty Images

Will Camilla Parker Bowles be Queen Mother?

Should Prince Charles die before his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles will no longer be princess consort. Typically, when a monarch’s wife survives them — and their son or daughter ascends the throne — they become Queen Mother. However, since Camilla is Prince William’s stepmother, the royal title rule doesn’t apply.

Instead of becoming Queen Mother, Camilla Parker Bowles will become queen dowager, which means she is a widow of the king.

Did Camilla Parker Bowles have a royal title before marrying Prince Charles?

Despite her nearly life-long association with the royal family, Camilla Parker Bowles did not have a royal title before marrying Prince Charles. She received her royal status upon her royal wedding day in 2005.

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