Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday became the first British monarch to reign for seven decades. She expressed her sincere wish for Camilla, the wife of her heir Prince Charles, to ultimately be known as Queen Consort.
Elizabeth II announced in a message renewing her pledge to spend her life serving the nation as she began her Platinum Jubilee in subdued fashion at Sandringham, her estate in eastern England.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch acceded the throne on 6th February 1952, at the age of 25 following the death of her father King George VI.
In a message addressed to the public signed “Your servant, Elizabeth R”, the Queen said late Saturday she wanted “to express my thanks to you all for your support”.
She said she wanted to renew a pledge she gave on her 21st birthday “that my life will always be devoted to your service”.
With the main Platinum Jubilee celebrations set for this summer, the Queen said she hoped the events would “bring together families and friends, neighbours and communities”.
In a major statement on the future of the royal family, the 95-year-old said “it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort”.
The Queen also said she hoped that when Charles, now 73, becomes monarch, the British people would give him and Camilla “the same support that you have given me”.