Prince Philip declined the title of Prince Consort – what is a consort?

His wife Camilla is now known as the Queen Consort.

But the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, was not a prince consort. In fact, the Duke of Edinburgh declined the offer of the title in the early years Reign of Elizabeth II

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Why wasn’t Prince Philip the Prince Consort?

Unlike a wife, a reigning queen’s husband does not become king, and unlike a queen consort, he is not crowned or anointed at a coronation.


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Prince Philip had been offered and declined the title of Prince Consort which, according to correspondence from then Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, had been bestowed on Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert in 1954.

Sir Winston engaged in a series of secret letters with his Lord Chancellor about the prospect of Philip becoming Prince Consort.

Other proposed titles were Prince of the Commonwealth and Prince of the Realm, but both discussions were brought to an abrupt end.

Sir Winston wrote that the Queen had proposed the Duke, but he “refused to accept any new title at this time”.

He added: “Her Majesty asked that the matter be left indefinitely.”

Philip was created Duke of Edinburgh by Princess Elizabeth’s father, George VI, shortly before his marriage in 1947.

The Queen later made him Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

Prince Philip died in April 2021 after getting married the Queen for 73 years.

Is Camilla a queen consort?

Camilla is expected to be crowned alongside Charles at his coronation, as was the Queen’s last consort, the Queen Mother.

She is expected to wear the Queen Mother’s Coronation Crown of 1937.

No date has been set for the coronation, but Elizabeth II’s ceremony took place 16 months after her accession to the throne.

As the King’s wife, Camilla is technically Her Majesty the Queen, but in her briefings and statements to date, Buckingham Palace has stuck to Queen Consort.


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What is a consort?

A consort is the role of spouse of a reigning monarch.

According to Buckingham Palace, a consort will “offer fellowship and moral and practical support” to the reigning monarch.

For Camilla, the title allows her to share the king’s social rank and status, but does not allow her to share his political and military powers unless acting as regent.

When is the Queen’s funeral?

It has been officially announced that the The Queen’s funeral takes place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am.

The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, has confirmed the news.

This comes as it was announced that the Queen’s coffin, which lies in the Ballroom of Balmoral Castle, would take a six-hour journey by hearse by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Sunday 11 September.

Ahead of the funeral, the Queen will lie in Westminster Hall for “four clear days” from Wednesday September 14, a senior palace official has said.

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