Camilla warned against awkward situation by taking Queen title too soon

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Camilla Parker Bowles may face an awkward situation when she eventually takes the Queen's title as royal experts have advised her to wait for a "suitable gap" before she makesan announcement on her future title.

A royal expert reckons that it may be considered "insensitive" if the Duchess of Cornwall were to declare her reign shortly after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Ahead of her wedding to Prince Charles in 2005, Clarence House issued a statement to say that Camilla would be known as Princess Consort after her husband ascended to the throne. However, several recent reports suggest that she could receive the Queen title.

Speaking to the Express.co.uk, royal photographer and biographer Ian Lloyd said: "Whether she chooses to call herself that is another matter, the only thing that we have is that statement in 2005 that she would be Princess Consort.

"I think it would be regrettable if she wasn't Queen, the problem is calling her the Queen immediately after the present Queen's regin has ended would be awkward I think.

"I think that previous Queen Consort's have felt the same, if you succeed immediately after the death of a Queen – it just seems insensitive.

"Firstly, I would wait for a suitable gap to put the announcement, say from the moment of the coronation which would be approximately a year after Charles succeeds to the throne, that then she would be known as Her Majesty the Queen."

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He also stated his belief that a public demonstration of support from the Queen could be beneficial in securing Camilla's future position.

Mr Lloyd continued: "I think secondly, I think it would be very useful for the present Queen to issue a statement saying that she values the work that Camilla has done and that she hopes that she would succeed her as Queen.

"Not an order or instruction, nothing formal but a suggestion to put it out there so that it's set up ready."

In 2018, the 95-year-old monarch publicly endorsed the Prince of Wales to become the next Head of the Commonwealth, by lobbying world leaders on his behalf at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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The Duchess of Cornwall married the future king in a private ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in April 2005.

The couple had first embarked on a relationship during the 1970s, but went on to marry other partners. After remaining close friends for several years, they began an extra-marital affair during the 1980s which was exposed during the breakdown of Charles' marriage to Princess Diana.

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Following the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Camilla's popularity suffered with the British public and she was frequently targeted by the press.

This only worsened after the tragic death of Diana in a car accident in 1997, sparking an unprecedented level of mourning.

In a bid to improve Camilla's reputation, Charles hired a public relations executive to help rehabilitate her image.

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