Camilla has stepped into her role with ‘extraordinary grace’ but it ‘has not been easy’

Camilla has stepped into her new role as Queen Consort with 'extraordinary grace' but it has not 'been easy for her', according to a royal expert.

The 74 year old has taken on the new role in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's death, with her husband King Charles III, 73, becoming the new reigning monarch.

Following King Charles' official proclamation on 10 September in the State Apartments of St James's Palace, royal expert Elizabeth Buchanan, formerly Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, praised Camilla.

Speaking on BBC One, Elizabeth: "The Queen Consort came from a very normal background and she’s stepped up and into this role with extraordinary grace and dignity. It has not been easy for her."

"Times are tough sometimes, they put their head down and they just get on with it – and she did that. It took courage and she did it beautifully. They are such a joyful couple together.

"They are a wonderful partnership and a wonderful team and burdens will be heavy for both of them and they will need each other," the expert added.

Camilla, formerly known as the Duchess of Cornwall, immediately became Queen Consort following Her Majesty's death.

The title is given to the wife of a reigning king, with the last royal to take on the title of Queen Consort being the Queen Mother, whose husband was King George VI.

Up until 2022, it had remained uncertain as to whether Camilla would be awarded the title of Queen Consort, due to the complicated history of her and Charles' relationship, and the public's unfavourable opinion of her.

However, earlier this year Queen Elizabeth II had said it was her 'sincere wish' for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when her eldest son Charles takes to the throne.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession in February she released a statement, which said: "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."

Camilla is not the only Royal to be given a new title following the Queen's passing, with King Charles announcing that Prince William, 40, and his wife Kate Middleton, 40, will now be known as the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The new monarch announcing the news in his first speech after his beloved mother's death. Kate is the first person to have the title since the late Princess Diana.

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