What will happen to Camilla Parker Bowles if her husband, Prince Charles, dies before Queen Elizabeth II?

Many are wondering what the Duchess of Cornwall’s fate will be in case the heir dies before Her Majesty. In this forum, a number of netizens shared their thoughts about the issue.

According to David Grain, nothing will change and Camilla will remain HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Meanwhile, the titles Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay, which Prince Charles currently hold, will fall in “abeyance.”

“It is not until William becomes king will Prince George become Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay,” Grain added.

“Then I think Camilla will either be called HRH The Dowager Duchess of Cornwall or they will use her name as Camilla HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.”

Rhys Hoffman agreed that Camilla will be the HRH The Dowager Duchess of Cornwall. Lorraine Houston also expected Camilla to remain the Duchess of Cornwall, but she will have no royal duties. She will also live in royal accommodation as courtesy.

Meanwhile, Michael Jecks, a resident of the United Kingdom said that Camilla will be a “wealthy widow.” The Duchess of Cornwall will inherit much of Prince Charles’ wealth and she will also have revenues from his businesses and other ventures.

There has been a debate on whether Prince Charles will outlive Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch is already 92 years old and is still active in her royal duties. Meanwhile, Prince Philip is 97. Many believe that Prince Charles will live longer considering his parents “aging” genes.

If Prince Charles outlives Queen Elizabeth II, then Camilla will be queen consort when the Prince of Wales becomes the new king. A number of royal experts are confident that Camilla will be queen consort when Prince Charles takes over the throne. Alastair Bruce, shared the same opinion, saying that they the “English Law“ will make Camilla the “Queen Consort“ even if the palace announced that she will only be “Princess Consort.”

Daily Star ran a poll asking the people: “Do you want Camilla to be Queen?” and the result is a landslide “no.” Eighty-two percent of the participants or around 3,200 still don’t like Camilla to be queen.

Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles and Queen Elizabeth II
Camilla Parker Bowles will keep her royal title but will not be queen if Prince Charles dies before Queen Elizabeth II. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Camilla leave the Service of Prayer and Dedication following their marriage at The Guildhall, at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England. Getty Images/ROTA-Pool