Queen Elizabeth latest news: Her Majesty decided 'five years ago' to make Camilla consort when Charles becomes king

THE Queen backed Prince Charles' plan to make Camilla his queen FIVE years ago, royal sources have claimed.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to Her Majesty as she marked 70 years on the throne this weekend – with the Prince telling of his joy that his "darling wife" is set to become the next Queen.

It was officially announced on Saturday that Camilla will be honoured with the title when Charles becomes King.

But the Queen gave Charles her blessing up to five years ago so he could change his coronation vows to include "Queen Camilla", the Mail reported.

It's also claimed the Prince of Wales had initially planned to announce Camilla would be his Queen way back in 2019.

A source told the paper: "This is something that has been on the Prince of Wales’ mind for some time, but the timing had to be right. There was this nervousness, they wanted to get it right.

"It’s been a done deal for some time, but the question has been how best to execute it. You are not going to please everyone. They understand that some people still won’t be happy, but the family believes it is the right thing to do."

Speaking after the Queen's statement, Charles and Camilla said they were "touched and honoured" by the gesture.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    Queen ‘to gift Camilla her mother’s crown

    It was officially announced on Saturday that Camilla will be honoured with the title when Charles becomes King.

    The Queen made a historic statement last night to confirm she wishes the Duchess to be fully acknowledged when her eldest son takes the throne.

    Movingly, she signed the address to Brits: "Your servant, Elizabeth R."

    And when Charles is appointed, the Queen Mother's priceless platinum and diamond crown will be placed on Camilla's head.

    It was made for King George VI's coronation in 1937.

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    Queen ending four-month work break

    Her Majesty, 95, marked her record-breaking anniversary yesterday by remembering her father King George VI — and looking to the future.

    Her weekend announcement that Camilla will become Queen Consort when her son Prince Charles takes the throne had sparked speculation that she may be ­taking a step back from royal duties.

    But she is returning to work after a four-month break following her health scare last year.

    She has a diary full of initially light duties and then a series of public outings in March.

    The Queen has even been given the green light to have a major role at her four-day Platinum Jubilee national party in June.

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    Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have an important milestone this year

    The Queen isn’t only one with a reason to celebrate this month.

    February will bring an important anniversary for Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank.

    This time last year, Eugenie gave birth to their baby son August, who will celebrate his first birthday later this month.

    For any new parents, a baby’s first birthday is a big deal.

    However, no plans for baby August’s first birthday have been revealed yet.

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    What did Charles say on Accession Day?

    In a written message marking the Queen's Accession Day anniversary, Prince Charles said he and Camilla were "deeply conscious" of the honour.

    "On this historic day, my wife and I join you all in congratulating Her Majesty The Queen on the remarkable achievement of serving this nation, the Realms and Commonwealth for seventy year," the Prince said.

    "The Queen's devotion to the welfare of all her people inspires still greater admiration with each passing year.

    "We are deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother's wish.

    "As we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.

    "The year of this unprecedented Platinum Jubilee brings an opportunity for us all to come together in celebrating the service of The Queen, by whose example we will continue to be led in the years to come."

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    Charles hails darling Camilla as queen is shown at work

    The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to his "darling" Duchess of Cornwall – the future Queen Consort – for her "steadfast support" as his mother the Queen was shown at work to mark her historic Platinum Jubilee.

    Heir to throne Charles heralded the Queen for how her "devotion to the welfare of all her people inspires still greater admiration with each passing year".

    Footage and a photograph of the monarch on duty working on her famous red boxes was released in honour of her Jubilee milestone.

    Elizabeth II has become the first British sovereign in history to celebrate 70 years on the throne.

    The smiling Queen, seated in a chair at Sandringham House, was pictured with her papers of state on a table in front of her, with a poignant image of her late father King George VI holding one of his corgis nearby.

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    Piers Morgan congratulates queen-to-be Camilla

    Several years ago, I was invited to a star-studded Christmas lunch at Fortnum and Mason.

    I sat opposite an immaculately regal-attired Camilla, and to her left sat Chris Evans, who unlike the rest of the suited-and-booted gathering was in casual clothes and draped in a massive quantity of colourful festive tinsel that he wore throughout the meal and which, in typically British manner, nobody mentioned.

    "Your Royal Highness," I eventually asked, "I have to address the elephant in the room – is this the first time you’ve ever been sat next to someone dressed as a gigantic purple Christmas tree and are you as disconcerted by it as I am?"

    All eyes, including Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Paul O’Grady and Dame Joanna Lumley, and a smirking Evans, turned to the Duchess.

    "Good Lord no!" she guffawed, "this is very tame."

    Her amused reaction – I can think of a few snobbish royals who’d have got very snotty about such sartorial effrontery  – said everything you need to know about the woman just formally endorsed by the Queen as the next person to hold that historic title when Prince Charles becomes King.

    I’ve known Camilla for over 20 years, and we’ve always got on oddly well which may be down to the fact that we grew up in next door East Sussex villages – she in Plumpton, me in Newick just a mile down the road – and of course, we’re both massively misunderstood and unfairly maligned public figures!

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    Camilla’s risen above royal circus fray with grace & duty, says Piers Morgan

    "HELLO Piers, how’s my rhino?" asked Britain’s next queen, Camilla Parker-Bowles, the last time we met a few weeks ago.

    "I hope you’re still taking good care of it?"

    "I am, Ma’am," I chuckled. "It’s still hanging proudly on my loo wall!’"

    The Duchess of Cornwall is a keen amateur painter but has only ever sold one of her pictures, a watercolour of a large rhinoceros in the African bush which I bought at a charity auction in 2002 when I was editor of the Daily Mirror and stuck up in my office.

    "Charles and I used to see it behind your head when you did interviews, and we were always completely horrified!" she told me, years later.

    Now the royal rhino resides in my own private throne-room, and in many ways perfectly symbolises Camilla’s own character.

    After all, rhinos are intelligent animals known for their very thick skin, stamina, resilience, hard work ethic and strong, versatile, protective personalities.  Where they differ from Camilla is how they handle unusual situations.

    If a rhino feels uncomfortable, it will immediately attack. Camilla’s made of calmer stock.

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    Harry and Meghan yet to publicly congratulate Queen 

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have yet to publicly congratulate the Queen as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

    The couple have remained silent – despite news that Camilla will become Queen Consort when Charles is eventually made King.

    Her Majesty made a historic statement last night to confirm she wishes the Duchess of Cornwall to be fully acknowledged when her eldest son takes the throne.

    Movingly, she signed the address to Brits: "Your servant, Elizabeth R."

    Charles and Camilla said they were "touched and honoured" by the gesture, while the Prince of Wales paid tribute to his "darling wife" and said he was "deeply conscious of the honour".

    But almost 24 hours after the news was revealed, the Sussexes are yet to speak publicly from their £11million mansion in exclusive Montecito.

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    When was the world introduced to baby Archie?

    Meghan and Harry beamed on May 8 as they introduced their "amazing" baby boy to the world – and revealed his name as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

    The new parents appeared tired but ecstatic as they cradled the newborn, with giddy bearded dad Harry joking his son "already has facial hair".

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's low key announcement at Windsor Castle is in stark contrast to Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby reveals that saw hundreds of photographers snap pictures of their three children hours after they were born.

    Where the baby boy was born will be revealed in the birth certificate – which must be completed within 42 days of the birth.

    New mum Meghan, 37, stunned in a white dress that bared her arms as she stood by grinning new dad Prince Harry, 34, who cradled their little boy.

    She gushed over life after welcoming her little boy, saying: "It's magic. It's pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I'm really happy."

    And she said the baby boy, who is just two days old, already had the "sweetest temperament" – adding "he's the dream".

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    Royal Family news round-up

    • Harry and Meghan have yet to publicly congratulate the Queen on the Jubilee
    • Piers Morgan says Camilla deserves to be Queen – and the Sussexes could learn something from her
    • Royal fans spot a romantic picture of Kate and William in an official Jubilee photo
    • Her Majesty was on sparkling form as she cut a celebratory cake
    • And she took a break to say hello to her dorgi as she read cards from children

    Philip’s thanksgiving service likely to see larger crowds than funeral

    Philip’s thanksgiving service is likely to see large numbers of the royal family attending, alongside the duke’s friends, colleagues and representatives of organisations he supported – but central will be the Queen.

    After the poignant image of the monarch sat distanced from other mourners due to Covid regulations during Philip’s funeral service, she will be surrounded by those who knew and loved her husband.

    The Commonwealth Service is also an important date in the royal diary, with the Queen expected to lead the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the event.

    Affectionately known as the “family of nations”, it has played an important role throughout the monarch’s reign, and she takes a special interest in the institution.

    Queen's upcoming engagements after holding largest in-person appearance since hospital visit

    The Queen, 95, was advised to undertake light duties after a night in hospital last autumn, and it is likely she will still be mindful of the advice.

    At the weekend, the Queen held her largest in-person public engagement since then, welcoming members of the Sandringham community to her Norfolk home to celebrate the Jubilee.

    She used a walking stick but looked well, moved freely and clearly enjoyed meeting former Sandringham estate workers, charity volunteers and colleagues from the Sandringham branch of the Women's Institute.

    Earlier the Queen flew by helicopter back to Windsor Castle and on March 2 hopes to attend a diplomatic reception there.

    Less than two weeks later she plans to attend the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14.

    A source said: "In addition, her majesty will be resuming her normal duties of audiences, credentials and privy council meetings, continuing to mix both virtual and in-person events."

    Philip’s thanksgiving service likely to see larger crowds than funeral

    Philip’s thanksgiving service is likely to see large numbers of the royal family attending, alongside the duke’s friends, colleagues and representatives of organisations he supported – but central will be the Queen.

    After the poignant image of the monarch sat distanced from other mourners due to Covid regulations during Philip’s funeral service, she will be surrounded by those who knew and loved her husband.

    The Commonwealth Service is also an important date in the royal diary, with the Queen expected to lead the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the event.

    Affectionately known as the “family of nations”, it has played an important role throughout the monarch’s reign, and she takes a special interest in the institution.

    Queen has returned to Windsor after reaching 70 year milestone

    The Queen has returned to Windsor Castle just a day after reaching her milestone of 70 years on the throne and is preparing to resume her normal duties.

    The date of the service of thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh has also been announced – March 29 – which the Queen hopes to attend at Westminster Abbey.

    A number of significant events in the Queen's diary have been made public, a move that follows a reception at Sandringham at the weekend where she looked relaxed and well after a health scare in recent months.

    The 95-year-old Queen was advised to undertake light duties after a night in hospital last autumn, and it is likely she will still be mindful of the advice.

    Charles and Camilla ‘touched and honoured’

    Speaking after the Queen’s statement, Charles and Camilla said they were “touched and honoured” by the gesture.

    Charles also paid tribute to his “darling wife” and said he was “deeply conscious of the honour”.

    It’s reported the Prince had initially planned to announce Camilla would be his Queen back in 2019.

    The source told the paper: “This is something that has been on the Prince of Wales’ mind for some time, but the timing had to be right.

    “There was a nervousness, they wanted to get it right.

    “It’s been a done deal for some time, but the question has been how best to execute it. You are not going to please everyone.

    “They understand that some people still won’t be happy, but the family believe it is the right thing to do.”

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      'Queen gave Charles permission to call his wife Queen Camilla 5 YEARS ago’

      HER Majesty backed Charles’ plan to make Camilla his queen five YEARS ago – and the Duchess of Cornwall will be given the Queen Mother’s crown, it’s reported.

      The Prince of Wales is said to have changed some of his coronation vows to include ‘Queen Camilla’ with his mother’s backing in 2017.

      It was officially announced on Saturday that Camilla will be honoured with the title when Charles becomes King.

      But a senior palace source told the Daily Mail the plans have been in place for some years now.

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      Royal source says 'no plans to step back'

      A royal source said: "There are no plans to step back. Other members of the family will do more but there is nothing underhand going on.

      "The Queen's diary will be paced to what is appropriate."

      Courtiers are satisfied that the Queen, who turns 96 in just 10 weeks, is back to her best after passing her first test at the reception at Sandringham on Saturday.

      The Queen will remain on "light duties" at Sandringham before returning to public duties for March where she will start travelling and attending public jobs.

      It is set to end the break from her public-facing role going back to her last major outing in Cardiff way back on October 14.

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      Her Majesty spent Jubilee anniversary alone in 'quiet reflection'

      Exclusive by Matt Wilkinson

      THE Queen spent her Platinum Jubilee anniversary alone in "quiet reflection" but will return with a "Spring in her step" within WEEKS.

      The 95-year-old monarch is now set to END her four-month break caused by a shock health scare and hospital stay.

      Sources close to the Queen, who appeared sprightly on her feet at a reception this weekend, say she will be "back on the March" next month.

      It comes after she announced Camilla will be Queen Consort when Charles takes the throne.

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      What can we expect from the Platinum Jubilee weekend?

      The extended four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend will begin on Thursday June 2 with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic.

      A service of thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral the following day.

      Other highlights include a day at the races for the Queen and her family, who will fill the royal box for the Derby, held at Epsom Downs on the Saturday.

      Later that day a star-studded concert will be staged from Buckingham Palace.

      Communities across the country will sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch on the Sunday, the final day of the Bank Holiday weekend, and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will also be held in the capital, featuring more than 5,000 people from across the UK and Commonwealth.

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      Platinum Jubilee medal to be presented to members of armed forces

      A Platinum Jubilee medal will be presented to members of the armed forces, emergency services and others to mark their service.

      They can be worn from today but it is likely the Trooping the Colour ceremony will be the first time they will be worn by the military.

      Medals have been awarded to mark royal jubilees since the Victorian period, when the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign was commemorated in 1887.

      In recent decades medals have been issued to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Golden in 2002 and Silver in 1977.

      Lt Col Shaw, who was wearing his Platinum Jubilee medal ribbon, said: “There’s a huge amount of pride in being able to wear it and it demonstrates that strong bond between the sovereign and the armed forces.

      “It’s a huge honour and signifies a massive moment for all us and the country.”

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      Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee marked with gun salutes

      The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations were officially marked today as gun salutes were fired across the country to mark Her Majesty's 70-year reign.

      At noon the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, named by the Queen's father King George VI, 75 years ago, fired a 41-gun salute from London's Green Park.

      The ceremony took place a day after February 6, Accession Day, when Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II, as the anniversary fell on a Sunday.

      Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw, who as Brigade Major of the prestigious Household Division oversees the Army's big ceremonial events, said: "For me this is the launch of the Platinum Jubilee, this is where it all starts for all of us and as a country."

      Monday was his first day in his role as Brigade Major, and he faces a busy 2022, saying: "This is no doubt a career highlight for me, I'm honoured to be involved."

      "On June 2 we've got the Queen's Birthday Parade, with 1,400 troops involved in that, and on June 5 there's the pageant and the armed forces will also be involved," he added.

      "I'm going to be heavily involved in the planning for both events, so really exciting."

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      Queen ending four-month work break

      Her Majesty, 95, marked her record-breaking anniversary yesterday by remembering her father King George VI — and looking to the future.

      Her weekend announcement that Camilla will become Queen Consort when her son Prince Charles takes the throne had sparked speculation that she may be ­taking a step back from royal duties.

      But she is returning to work after a four-month break following her health scare last year.

      She has a diary full of initially light duties and then a series of public outings in March.

      The Queen has even been given the green light to have a major role at her four-day Platinum Jubilee national party in June.

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      Post Office launches new 50p coin to mark Platinum Jubilee

      A new 50p coin to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is being released at Post Office branches from Monday.

      Some 1.3 million coins are being made available on “limited release” at UK post offices from February 7.

      Its maximum mintage of the coins has been fixed at 5,000,070 in a further nod to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

      Post Offices in Windsor and close to Sandringham were among the first branches to receive the new coin.

      Postmaster Umesh Sanghani, who has run Dedworth Green Post Office in Windsor for 23 years with wife Rashmita, said: “We have had many customers coming into our Post Office to check that we are going to get the special 50p coin.

      “They don’t want to miss out on this souvenir. I am a Royalist. It is amazing that the Queen has reached her 70th anniversary. I am really looking forward to the celebrations this year.”

      Nick Read, chief executive at the Post Office, said: “We are thrilled to be part of the celebrations for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year and that our 11,500 Post Offices across the whole of the United Kingdom will exclusively start the circulation of this special 50p coin today.

      “Postmasters are at the heart of their local communities and have been throughout our 360-year history. I have no doubt that this will be a real honour and privilege for Postmasters and their teams.”

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      Camilla highlights domestic abuse (continued…)

      Camilla has been speaking out to highlight the issue of domestic abuse for a number of years, and NHSE said she will visit a centre this week to meet survivors of sexual assault to hear more about their experiences and the care they receive through SARCs.

      As part of the campaign, which is supported by organisations and charities including The Survivors Trust, SafeLives and the Male Survivors Partnership, a short video raising awareness of the help offered by specialist centres has been released.

      NHSE said despite official figures showing that domestic abuse and sexual assault had increased in the pandemic, the number of people receiving help from SARCs halved after the first lockdown compared to 2019.

      Laura Currer, chair of the national NHS England sexual abuse and assault services lived experience group, said: “I know from experience how hard it can be to seek help in these situations, but after I was assaulted I will never forget the kind, caring and compassionate staff at SARCs who were there to hold my hand during one of the worst moments of my life.

      “They explained the whole process to me, and gave me the space and autonomy over my body that my attackers had taken away, and I will be forever grateful.

      “I urge anyone who needs support, no matter when it took place, to come forward – you are not alone, and the wonderful teams at SARCs are there to help 24/7.”

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      Queen still hard at work

      Palace aides yesterday released footage of the Queen at her desk reading government papers — showing that she is fit and ready to return to duties.

      Filmed last Wednesday, it reveals a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Queen still hard at work in her seventh decade on the throne.

      The Queen is seen in an armchair in The Saloon at Sandringham signing ­government papers from her Red Boxes — of which she has dealt with thousands during her reign.

      She is seen remarking on “very kind” comments from US President Joe Biden when she received the Ruth Bader ­Ginsburg Women of Leadership award back in December.

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