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UK Queen celebrates 70 years on throne and backs Queen Camilla

The monarch has become the first British sovereign to reach a platinum jubilee.

The UK's Queen during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House.
The UK's Queen during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House.
Image: Joe Giddens/PA

THE UK’S QUEEN Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch in history to celebrate a platinum jubilee, as she used the milestone to issue her royal seal of approval for her daughter-in-law as Queen Camilla.

In the significant intervention shaping the future of the monarchy, the Queen expressed her “sincere wish” that Camilla will be known as Queen Consort when the Prince of Wales becomes King.

As she reached her 70th year on the throne, Elizabeth II set out her hopes for her son’s wife, once a royal mistress and now set to be called Queen and crowned at Charles’s side on his Coronation Day.

The Queen, who came to the throne when she was just 25, is spending her Accession Day privately on the Sandringham estate in remembrance of her father George VI, whose death marked the start of her reign.

This jubilee is her first without her husband of 73 years the Duke of Edinburgh, who died 10 months ago.

National celebrations marking the Queen’s record-breaking service on the throne will be staged during a special four-day bank holiday weekend from 2-5 June.

The UK Queen used the jubilee to put her affairs in order on a public platform and end years of controversy over Camilla’s title.

She shared her succession blessing for her eldest son as monarch, and called on the nation to support the pair in their future roles as King and Queen.

The Queen, 95, said in the written message to Britain: “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.

“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.”

Charles and Camilla were “touched and honoured” by the Queen’s gesture, Clarence House said.

ggggg The UK Queen and Camilla at Ascot in 2019. Source: Jonathan Brady/PA

The prince will make his own public declaration celebrating his mother’s Jubilee.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt described the Queen’s message as “most extraordinary”.

“The Queen is ensuring the transition, when it comes, to her son as king is as seamless and trouble free as possible,” he said

“She’s future-proofing an institution she’s served for 70 years. And for Camilla, the journey from being the third person in a marriage to queen-in-waiting, is complete.”

The queen paid tribute to Philip for his sacrifices as consort, thanked her family for their support, and made reference to the Queen Mother’s role as a Queen Consort, just as Camilla will be.

Camilla would technically have been queen when Charles acceded to the throne, and only legislation would have prevented it.

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But royal aides insisted, when she married Charles in 2005, that Camilla did not want to be queen and said originally that the former Mrs Parker Bowles “intended” to be known instead as Princess Consort – the first in British history – instead.

Any mention of “Princess Consort” was removed from Charles’s website during a revamp in 2018.

Camilla was blamed for the breakdown of the prince’s marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, and when news of their affair first came to light, she faced vitriolic criticism.

It meant the decision was taken for her to become the Duchess of Cornwall on marriage rather than controversially becoming the new Princess of Wales.

Now, in a major U-turn, the duchess will be crowned alongside the prince at his coronation when the time comes.

On the eve of her Jubilee, the queen was on “sparkling” form as she laughed and joked at a celebratory reception at Sandringham House.

The head of state cut a Jubilee cake, met members of the local Women’s Institute and chatted to former cookery school student Angela Wood who helped to perfect the famous coronation chicken dish invented for her Coronation.

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