Post by dechucka
A pommy backbencher has pointed out that under British law CB will become
Queen of England even though she has said she will only be the Duchess of
Cornwell. Interestingly the MP pointed out that in the 17 countries were
the British monarch is the Head of State laws and/or constitutions will
need to be changed if CB is not to become their Queen.
Australia's Head of State is the British monarch so it seems we will have
CB as our Queen
Camilla 'to be Queen'
By Kirsten Aiken in London and AFP
The British Government has confirmed Camilla Parker-Bowles will become Queen
if Prince Charles succeeds to the throne.
When announcing their intention to wed, Prince Charles said his bride-to-be
would take the title of Princess Consort rather than Queen if he accedes to
But in a written statement, Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher
Leslie has confirmed that the title of Queen will be automatically conferred
upon Mrs Parker Bowles if her husband becomes king.
Legislation would be required in more than a dozen Commonwealth countries,
including Australia, if Mrs Parker Bowles were to be formally denied the
Royal convention decrees that the wife of a king is known as queen, while
husbands of female monarchs - such as Queen Elizabeth's spouse Prince
Philip - do not become king.
Prince Charles's office insists that the centrality of convention means it
is simply "not true" to say Mrs Parker Bowles will eventually be queen.
"Our position has always been that you become queen only by convention, not
by statute, not by law," a spokesman for Clarence House said.
"Our understanding is that the Government agrees with our position," he
"If, however, people feel at that time [when Charles becomes king] that that
position needs to be clarified by law, there is a legal process that happens
whenever we have a new king or queen."
The Constitutional Affairs Minister's statement followed a written House of
Commons question to the department by Labour Party politician Andrew
Mackinlay, who asked whether the April 8 marriage would be "morganatic".
He was using an arcane term referring to cases in which someone of royal or
noble birth marries someone of lower rank and does not share any titles.
Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie gave a simple reply:
"This is absolutely unequivocal that she automatically becomes queen when he
becomes king," Mr Mackinlay said of the news.
However, the Department of Constitutional Affairs stressed that much of the
argument was academic, given Britain has no formal constitution, just a
series of laws and conventions that have evolved over the centuries.
Department spokeswoman Zoe Campbell says there is no single law stating that
someone with Parker Bowles's future position will be known as queen.
"When you say constitutional and legal norms, a lot of it is down to
convention rather than legislation, which is why she can be referred to as
whatever she likes without having to change the law," Ms Campbell said.
"She can be referred to as the Duchess of Cornwall or Princess Consort
without any change to the law."
There were no moves to change the law to prevent Mrs Parker Bowles from
being queen, Ms Campbell added.