Camilla Parker Bowles can become queen when Charles becomes king, a British government official said Monday.
When the couple revealed that they intended to marry on April 8, the announcement said Parker Bowles will use the title Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, since one of Charles's titles is the Duke of Cornwall.
She would not take the title of Queen Camilla when Charles becomes king; instead, she will be referred to as the Princess Consort.
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But in reply to a question from an MP, Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie said the marriage would not be "morganatic."
If the marriage was morganatic, then Parker Bowles could not share Charles's titles. But as it's not, she can.
"This is absolutely unequivocal that she automatically becomes queen when he becomes king," said Andrew Mackinlay, the MP who asked the question.
British public opinion has been opposed to Camilla becoming queen when Charles ascends to the throne.