What Do We Call The Era Of King Charles III? Who Gets The Queen’s Dresses? What Is A Queen Consort? Here’s A Handy Guide To Questions People Have About What’s Next In The UK. (2023)

After Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96, people all around the world wondered what would happen next. We assumed Charles would become the King, but what about his second wife, Camilla? Will the public be able to see the Queen’s coffin and pay their respects? When is her funeral? And what happens to all those regal outfits?

Some answers have yet to be revealed by the royal family, but in the meantime, we’ve created a handy guide to address what we’ve been seeing a lot of you asking about!

First of all, what do we expect from the days ahead?

On Tuesday, the Queen's coffin will be moved from St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh to a Royal Air Force aircraft at Edinburgh airport. The coffin will then arrive at RAF Northolt and will be transported to Buckingham Palace.

The late Queen's body is scheduled to arrive at Westminster Hall at some point on Wednesday. This is when the Queen will lie in state in London, meaning that her coffin is put on view, allowing the public to visit her and pay their respects.

The Queen will lie in state for four days until Monday, when the coffin will travel to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral will take place.

If you're looking for a detailed itinerary on what's to come in the days leading up to the Queen's funeral, we have a play-by-play of the journey of the Queen's coffin here.

When and where will the Queen’s funeral be?

Buckingham Palace on Saturday confirmed that the state funeral for the late Queen will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, at Westminster Abbey, and it will be televised. Until then, Britain is in a period of national mourning.

Where will the Queen be buried?

The Queen is expected to be laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in England. The chapel has been the resting place of many other royals, such as the Queen’s father, King George VI; her sister, Princess Margaret; and her late husband, Prince Philip.

How did the Queen die?

The Queen was 96 years old, and in recent months her health had declined, but no official cause of death has been given. However, she had struggled with mobility issues recently, which caused her to skip events and postpone meetings.

Last week, rather than following tradition and going to Buckingham Palace, new Prime Minister Liz Truss instead traveled to Scotland to be formally appointed into her new role by the Queen, who was there at her retreat.

During the visit, a photographer who captured the moment between Truss and the Queen told the Scotsman that the Queen looked more “frail” than she had over the summer.

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When will King Charles have his coronation?

As the oldest son of Elizabeth and Philip, Charles, 73, officially became the King immediately after his mother’s death.

He was proclaimed King on Saturday at St. James’s Palace in London. The proclamation was led by the Accession Council, a ceremonial body led by government figures, including his wife and eldest son.

After a lot of bureaucratic pomp and circumstance, the Principal Proclamation took place on Saturday, after which the proclamation was publicly read from a balcony at St. James’s Palace.

But it will likely take months to plan the coronation. Queen Elizabeth II’s own coronation, for example, took place 14 months after her father died.

Oh, and, for the record, King Charles III is the oldest person ever to become a British monarch.

Will Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, be crowned too?

Yes! Camilla and Charles are expected to be crowned side by side.

When Charles and Camilla married in 2005, there was some debate around what title Camilla, who had been divorced, would take when Charles became King.

But it was cleared up in February when the Queen requested that Camilla be known as the Queen Consort when Charles took the throne. “It is my sincere wish that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service,” the Queen said.

What does it mean to be the Queen Consort? Why isn’t Camilla simply the Queen?

Queen Consort is the title given to the spouse of a king. The role of a Queen Consort is to assist the King and support him in carrying out his duties. Camilla’s new primary role is to “provide companionship and moral and practical support” to the King, Buckingham Palace said.

Unlike the King, the Queen Consort does not hold a formal position in the structure of government.

As to why Camilla can’t simply have the Queen title, only members of the royal family who are born in the direct bloodline of succession can become the monarch. That’s why, regardless of what happens to King Charles III, the next in line to the throne is his eldest son, William — not Camilla.

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Will Charles and Camilla live at Buckingham Palace?

Yes, it is expected that Charles and Camilla will make Buckingham Palace their official residence, even though there is no law saying they have to.

What happens to the other royals under King Charles III?

Now that Charles is King, his oldest son, Prince William, becomes heir to the throne and takes over his father’s previous title as the Prince of Wales. William’s wife Kate will now be the Princess of Wales. The last Princess of Wales was William’s mother, Diana.

Prince William will also become the Duke of Cornwall and the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, among a string of other titles.

With the death of the Queen, William and Kate’s children have also moved up in the line of succession.

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are expected to keep their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. But the Queen’s death means that, according to conventions set by George V, their children, Archie and Lilibet, would be expected to receive the titles of prince and princess because they are now grandchildren of a sovereign.

Harry and Meghan, however, are no longer working members of the royal family, having stepped down in 2020. And in light of Meghan’s assertion to Oprah Winfrey that Archie wasn’t made a prince at birth because of his mixed-race heritage, there are many questions about the status of their titles.

As of yet, there has been no confirmation that they will be conferred upon Archie and Lili, as she is known. BuzzFeed News has reached out to a Sussex spokesperson for clarification.

Prince Edward, the current Earl of Wessex, was originally meant to become the Duke of Edinburgh after the death of his father, Prince Phillip, who previously held that title. But nothing has been announced yet, so the decision appears to rest with the new King.

Charles’s brother Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was stripped of his royal duties as well as his military titles and patronages after he was accused of sexual abuse in civil court in the US (claims he has denied).

There are rumors about whether King Charles is expected to “permanently phase out” Prince Andrew now that the Queen has died. I guess we just have to wait and see!

How long will it be until the Queen’s face is removed from money and stamps?

Currently, there are 4.5 billion sterling banknotes in circulation featuring the Queen’s face. Replacing them will likely take at least two years, according to the Guardian.

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The Royal Mail will stop producing stamps bearing the likeness of the late Queen and will soon begin producing stamps that feature the profile of the new monarch. The Royal Mail said in a statement that unused Definitive stamps, which are "ones that show Queen Elizabeth's head against a plain background," will, however, remain valid.

Want to read more about what happens to the special stamps, mailboxes, and flags? The Guardian lays it all out in greater detail.

What happens to the UK national anthem?

The words in the national anthem will revert to its original title of “God Save the King” (it was substituted with Queen when the monarch was a woman).

What happens to the Queen’s suits and dresses?

We honestly have no idea where the Queen’s clothes are going to go, but it has long been rumored that Queen Elizabeth II never wore the same outfit more than twice at important events. After wearing them, she reportedly sent her clothes back to her dressers, who were then allowed to either wear them or sell them.

These rumors come from royal biographer Brian Hoey and his book Not in Front of the Corgis. In the book, he wrote that if the Queen’s dresser wished to sell a returned item, they were “not allowed to disclose any of the information about its former owner.”

“All labels and any evidence that might point to the Queen have to be removed so that no one can trace its origin,” Hoey added.

So maybe you’re already wearing one of the Queen’s dresses and just don’t know it!

What happens to the Queen’s fortune?

The late Queen is reportedly leaving behind more than $500 million in personal assets, which — you guessed it! — will be inherited by King Charles.

The royal family makes money in several different ways. Some of their income comes from the British taxpayer fund known as the “Sovereign Grant,” which is paid yearly to the royal family. In the 2021–2022 fiscal year, the grant amount came to around £86.3 million. On top of that, the monarchy holds billions of pounds in real estate assets, as well as other sources of income such as art, jewelry, and personal investments.

What will King Charles’s reign be called?

The death of Queen Elizabeth II brings us to the end of another Elizabethan era. For King Charles III, nothing has been confirmed yet, but if we’re following history and look at the names the UK has used for other kings named Charles, then this era’s name would have something to do with the word Carolus, which is the Latin word for Charles. For King Charles I, they called his era the Caroline era, and for King Charles II, they named it the Carolean era.

How can I stay up to date with what’s going on?

Well, the Accession Council, which will proclaim King Charles III as the new monarch, is set to be televised for the first time in history.

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The proclamation will take place Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. UK time, which for US viewers is 5 a.m. ET. You will be able to watch it on BBC World, the international service of BBC, as well as Sky News.

The Queen’s funeral is also set to be televised, but a date has still not been confirmed.

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What will King Charles 3rd era be called? ›

What will King Charles' reign be called? The reigns of Charles I from 1625 to 1649, and Charles II, from 1660 to 1685, were named the Carolean eras. The name originates from the Latin name for Charles, Carolus. Therefore King Charles III's reign will now be known as the Carolean era.

What will the era of Charles be called? ›

Prime Minister Liz Truss told the Commons that the British people, the Commonwealth and all MPs must support Charles as he takes the country forward to a “new era of hope and progress, our new Carolean age”. The term Carolean is derived from the word Carolus, which is the Latin for Charles.

Why is it called queen consort? ›

This applies to Queen Elizabeth II as she rose to power after her father (King George VI) died in 1952. The Queen Consort is simply the reigning king's wife, their role is defined by marriage and is more symbolic as they offer the monarch support, unlike the Queen who is officially the UK's ruler.

Will King Charles wear the same crown as Queen Elizabeth? ›

Edward's Crown on the monarch's head. This will be the first and only time that Charles will wear this particular crown. It's exceptionally heavy, but it's been worn by all monarchs over the past century—George V, George VI, and Elizabeth II—at the moment of their crowning.

Why is it called the Carolean era? ›

The Caroline era is the period in English and Scottish history named for the 24-year reign of Charles I (1625–1649). The term is derived from Carolus, the Latin for Charles.

What is the era of George III called? ›

The Georgian era (1714-1830) spanned the combined reigns of the five British monarchs from the Electorate of Hanover, a member state of the Holy Roman Empire. George III was the first Hanoverian king born in England rather than Germany. His parents were Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.

Are we in Elizabethan era? ›

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II the UK has left the 'New Elizabethan Era' and entered, what Prime Minister Liz Truss referred to as, the 'Carolean age'.

Are we in the Carolean era? ›

Now under the reign of King Charles III, the UK finds itself in the New Carolean era. The official name of this new age was confirmed by Prime Minister Liz Truss in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II's death.

What are the royal eras? ›

Story of England
  • Prehistory (Before AD 43) Prehistory is the time before written records. ...
  • Romans (AD 43–c. 410) ...
  • Early Medieval (c. 410–1066) ...
  • Medieval (1066–1485) ...
  • Tudors (1485–1603) ...
  • Stuarts (1603–1714) ...
  • Georgians (1714–1837) ...
  • Victorians (1837–1901)

Will Kate be called queen? ›

This is a loaded question, but the straightforward answer is yes. Princess Catherine will eventually become queen when Prince William is named king. However, that won't happen until his dad, King Charles, steps down as monarch (or passes away).

What will Kate be called when William is king? ›

This styling is here to stay, until William succeeds his father on the throne one day. Then, Catherine will be formally known as the Queen Consort or popularly Queen Catherine, as Charles' wife Queen Camilla is now.

Who will be the next queen? ›

Charles was named the new King of the United Kingdom and the 14 Commonwealth realms on September 8, 2022, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. He is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. His wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, took on the title of Queen Consort after he became king.

What crown will Camilla wear at coronation? ›

The most obvious one for her to use is Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's coronation crown (with its controversial Koh-i-Nûr diamond). She could also wear Queen Adelaide's crown from 1831, or the crown of Queen Alexandra or Queen Mary, though they are much heavier than the queen mother's.

Does royalty still wear crowns? ›

Many believe that the Queen is the only royal who is allowed to wear a crown. However, other royals are allowed to wear coronets, which is a small crown often worn at a coronation — and they don't have to be the monarch to do it. In fact, Her Majesty wore one long before she became Queen.

Why does Queen Elizabeth not wear a crown? ›

The choice was a matter of personal preference for the 93-year-old monarch. The diadem is much lighter than the crown. The tiara is traditionally worn for the journey to and from Parliament.

What follows the Elizabethan era? ›

It ended with the Glorious Revolution of 1688 when James II went into exile. In a parliamentary speech on September 9, 2022, upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Liz Truss, declared that, upon the accession of King Charles III, Britain has entered a new Carolean Age.

What year is Victorian era? ›

Queen Victoria ruled Britain for over 60 years.

What followed the Victorian era? ›

The Edwardian era or Edwardian period of British history spanned the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 and is sometimes extended to the start of the First World War. The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 marked the end of the Victorian era.

What happened in the Georgian era? ›

The Industrial Revolution, the abolition of the slave trade and the expansion of the British Empire all happened during the Georgian era, and the term Georgian is typically used in the contexts of social history and architecture.

What is the Elizabethan Era known for? ›

The Elizabethan age is considered to be a time of English renaissance that inspired national pride through classical ideals, international expansion, and naval triumph. This English Renaissance saw the flowering of poetry, music and literature.

What is our era called? ›

Our current era is the Cenozoic, which is itself broken down into three periods. We live in the most recent period, the Quaternary, which is then broken down into two epochs: the current Holocene, and the previous Pleistocene, which ended 11,700 years ago.

What did the Elizabethan Era look like? ›

The Elizabethan Era took place from 1558 to 1603 and is considered by many historians to be the golden age in English History. During this era England experienced peace and prosperity while the arts flourished. The time period is named after Queen Elizabeth I who ruled England during this time.

When did the Elizabethan era end? ›

What does carolian age mean? ›

In Latin, Charles is Carolus. So the Caroline Age refers to the reign of Charles I of England, from 1625 (the death of James I) to 1649 (Charles I's execution and the beginning of the Interregnum).

What are the 8 eras of history? ›

The U.S. History Framework, a guiding document for teaching history to students in the U.S., assigns eight chronological periods in American and U.S. history: Beginnings, Colonization, Revolution, Expansion and Reform, Civil War and Reconstruction, Development of Modern America, World Wars, and Contemporary America.

What are the five eras of history? ›

They use these resources to divide human existence into five main historical eras: Prehistory, Classical, Middle Ages, Early Modern, and Modern eras.

What are the 4 historical eras? ›

What are the 4 periods of history?
  • Ancient Times (600 B.C. to 476 A.D.)
  • The Middle Ages (476 A.D. to 1450 A.D.)
  • Early Modern Era (1450-A.D. to 1750 A.D.)
  • Modern Era (1750 A.D to Present)

Will Kate remain queen if William dies? ›

If William dies before Kate and their son Prince George becomes king, Kate will then become the Queen Mother.

Why do royals sleep in separate beds? ›

As an old tradition dictates, royal couples never share the same bed or bedroom, allowing them to move freely while asleep. It allows them much needed alone time after hours of being in the limelight.

What does Kate Middleton call the Queen? ›

What Kate calls the Queen. While the rest of the world is required to address Queen Elizabeth as Ma'am or your majesty, those closest to her are allowed to refer to her as Mama, according to Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty magazine.

How do you address a queen consort? ›

In practical terms, the role of queen consort involves accompanying the monarch to official engagements, at which she is addressed as “Her Royal Highness.”

Does Kate Middleton have royal blood? ›

At the same time, there is speculation that Kate and William are 14th cousins, but there is no proof of this news. Thus, Kate Middleton, just like Meghan Markle, is considered a “commoner” as she does not come from an aristocratic family like Princess Diana did.

Can the Queen skip Charles and make William king? ›

Even if the Queen had desired to skip Charles in favor of William, she did not have the power to choose her successor on a whim. The 1701 Act of Settlement is the act of Parliament that determines the succession to the throne and requires that a monarch's heir must be his or her direct successor (and a Protestant).

What happens if the Queen dies? ›

Prince Charles will immediately become king

“The moment the queen dies, Charles becomes the sovereign, a quasi-mystical transformation that is marked ceremonially and legally the next day,” Gullace says. “The code name for Charles's accession to the throne is Operation Spring Tide.

What happens if Queen Elizabeth dies? ›

King Charles will be named the new reigning monarch, and all business affairs in Parliament will shut down for 10 days. In his first public statement, he addressed the impact of Queen Elizabeth II's death, both personally and professionally.

Will Camilla be allowed to be Queen? ›

Camilla will take the title of Queen Consort, which indicates that she is the spouse of a king, instead of title of queen because members who marry into the royal family can't inherit the throne.

Do Charles and Camilla sleep in the same bedroom? ›

Even when Camilla and Charles live together — be it in London, where they will eventually move from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace, or at Highgrove House, or at Charles' Birkhall Estate in Scotland — they keep separate bedrooms, as is the traditional royal way.

Does Camilla wear the Queen mother's engagement ring? ›

"Queen Camilla's engagement ring is said to have come straight from the Queen Mother's collection. "It features a five-carat emerald cut diamond with additional baguette-cut diamonds acting as side stones.” Claire also told Express.co.uk which other royal ring the Queen Consort's jewel is most similar to.

What is a consorts crown called? ›

Lesser Imperial Crown (the crown used by the Tsaritsas by marriage when being crowned)

Can non royals wear tiaras? ›

In an interview with Town and Country jewelry expert, Geoffrey Munn explained the tiara's hidden meaning. He said: “Any woman may wear one, but ancient tradition has it that they must be a bride or already married.

Who can touch the Queen's crown? ›

There are strict rules surrounding the crown jewels, and only three people in the world are allowed to touch them: the current monarch (that's now King Charles III), the Archbishop of Canterbury and the crown jeweler.

Why does the Queen always hold her wrist? ›

You may have noticed that the Queen often clasps her hands together at events but it's not to avoid awkward handshakes. Instead, the pose is intended to show that she is not threatening. “The Queen's signature pose is the handclasp. This is a demure defence posture and it is designed to be unthreatening.

Why did the Queen stop wearing glasses? ›

At his christening only a few months before she died, Prince Philip's “Uncle Dickie,” then Prince Louis Francis of Battenberg, knocked the spectacles off the great Queen–his great-grandmother. Self-propagated legend this may be, but it makes a good story.

Why does the Queen have brown eyes in the crown? ›

CGI'd blue eyes 'didn't feel like' Colman

“CGI-ing her eyes seemed to diminish what she was doing,” he added. In the end, they decided to leave Colman's eyes alone, which is why her version of Queen Elizabeth II isn't exactly accurate with brown eyes instead of blue.

What is the difference between queen and queen consort? ›

What's the difference between the Queen and the Queen Consort? The difference between the Queen and the Queen Consort is that a Queen ascends to the throne through succession. On the other hand, Queen Consort is the wife of the reigning monarch.

What is the difference between queen and royal consort? ›

A queen consort is the female partner, spouse or companion to the King. The consort is not a formal role, and is symbolic of the support the person gives the monarch. It is different to the queen regnant, who is the ruler in their own right, like Queen Elizabeth II.

What is the difference between queen consort and queen Regent? ›

A queen regnant (plural: queens regnant) is a female monarch, equivalent in rank and title to a king, who reigns suo jure (in her own right) over a realm known as a "kingdom"; as opposed to a queen consort, who is the wife of a reigning king; or a queen regent, who is the guardian of a child monarch and rules pro ...

What is the difference between queen mother and queen consort? ›

“Queen Consort” is the fancy name for the wife of a reigning king, which the United Kingdom has not had since 1952, when King George VI died and his widow, Queen Elizabeth, became the Queen Mother.

What's higher than a queen? ›

Answer and Explanation: In terms of political power, yes, an empress is more powerful than a queen. While a queen has rule over a kingdom or territory, an empress has authority over multiple nations, kingdoms, or regions. For a female monarch, the station of empress is the highest political office that can be attained.

Who becomes queen after Queen Elizabeth died? ›

Although Charles automatically became King after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, his coronation could take weeks or even months to be held. The late Queen had her coronation 17 months after her accession to the throne, the ceremony of which was first televised with full pomp and pageantry.

Can a woman be a consort? ›

A queen consort is the wife of a reigning king, and usually shares her spouse's social rank and status.

Which is higher consort or concubine? ›

A concubine is a woman of lower social rank but a consort is a woman or a man of higher social rank. A concubine is not married but lives with a man/ruler only to fulfill his sexual desires but a consort is legally married and enjoys all privileges.

Does consort mean wife? ›

Consort Definition

A wife or husband; spouse, esp. of a reigning king or queen. A partner; companion.

What do you call a king's consort? ›

A prince consort is the husband of a Monarch who is not a monarch in his own right. In recognition of his status, a prince consort may be given a formal title, such as prince. Some monarchies use the title of king consort for the same role.

Can a queen consort become regent? ›

By contrast a Queen Consort, although having the same rank and equivalent titles as the King, is solely dependent on him for her position. If he died, she generally became a Queen Dowager. If she had an underage son when her husband died, she could become a Queen Regent until her son came of age.

What is a retired queen called? ›

A queen dowager continues to enjoy the title, style, and precedence of a queen, but is no longer referred to as the queen. A new reigning king would have (at accession or eventually) a wife who would be the new queen consort and therefore the queen; and, of course, a queen regnant would also be called the queen.

What do you call a consort? ›

consort in American English

(noun ˈkɑnsɔrt, verb kənˈsɔrt) noun. a husband or wife; spouse, esp. of a reigning monarch. Compare prince consort, queen consort.

Does a consort have power? ›

No, a Queen consort has no power - power has always been vested in the Sovereign and not shared with their spouse.

Does a queen consort have any power? ›

The Queen Consort is the wife of the ruling king, in Camilla's case, King Charles III. However, unlike the king, she is neither the head of the British monarchy nor does she enjoy political or military powers.


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