How Camilla Reacted to News She Will Be Queen When Prince Charles Is King

Queen Elizabeth II's wish for Camilla to be named queen when Prince Charles is king left the Duchess of Cornwall feeling "very, very honored."

The monarch, 95, made the announcement on the eve of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on Saturday, February 5, saying the British public should give the couple "the same support you have given me."

Charles responded to the news the following day, describing Camilla as "my darling wife," but the duchess herself did not initially comment.

Camilla reacted to the announcement for the first time on a visit to community kitchen The Nourish Hub, in West London on Thursday, Hello! reported.

The duchess was asked: "People would like to know now how you feel?"

She replied: "Well, quite right. I feel very touched. I feel very, very honored."

Camilla took part in a cookery demonstration with refugees at the center, which uses surplus food that would otherwise be wasted.

Her appearance came as Clarence House confirmed Charles had tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday morning.

It is the second time he has had COVID-19, after first contracting it in March 2020, during the early days of the pandemic.

Back then, he experienced only mild symptoms and has since been fully vaccinated, including a booster shot.

The night before the positive test he attended a reception for the British Asian Trust at the British Museum, where he met Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Camilla's engagements went ahead despite Charles' positive test and she spent the morning at sexual assault referral center Paddington Haven, also in West London.

The duchess met staff and survivors of sexual assault to mark Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

The queen's statement sparked lively debate in Britain about whether the move was disrespectful to Princess Diana.

The palace originally said Camilla would only be known as princess consort at the time of her wedding to Charles in 2005.

However, Diana's loss and the overwhelming public mourning was still fresh in the public memory at the time, with her inquest only concluding in 2008.

Prince Harry is yet to react to the news but praised Princess Diana in a video for campaign Tackle HIV.

The queen's statement brought certainty to several issues looming over the future of the monarchy after she experienced a health scare in the fall.

Elizabeth confirmed Charles will be king, following past debate about whether the crown should skip a generation to his more popular son Prince William.

She also appeared to rule out retiring early when she renewed her commitment to serving for her whole life, originally made at a speech on her 21st birthday in 1947.

The Platinum Jubilee message read: "As we mark this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service."

She 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.

"And so as I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbours and communities—after some difficult times for so many of us—in order to enjoy the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day lives that have so happily coincided with my reign."

Charles responded with his own message on February 6: "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."

In apparent acknowledgment there will be no early retirement for now, he said: "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."

Queen Elizabeth and Future Queen Camilla
Queen Elizabeth II (L), seen celebrating the start of the Platinum Jubilee at Sandringham House, on February 5, 2022, said she wants Camilla (R) to be known as queen consort when Prince Charles becomes king. The Duchess of Cornwall gave her first reaction to the news during a visit to Nourish Hub, in West London, on February 10, 2022. Joe Giddens - by WPA Pool/Getty Images and Neil Mockford/GC Images