Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 73, and Prince Charles, 71, tied the knot in 2005 decades after their romance first began. At the time of their wedding, Clarence House confirmed Camilla would be known as “Princess Consort” and not “Queen Consort” when Charles became king.
This decision was meant to respect the British public’s lasting respect for Prince Charles’s first wife Princess Diana.
Charles and Camilla were having an affair while he was still married to Diana and her tragic death just one year after their divorce meant it was deemed inappropriate for the future king and Camilla to marry until many years later.
In recent years, Camilla has won public favour as she has proven herself to be an ever-reliable member of the monarchy.
Prince Philip’s transfer of his Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles role to the Duchess of Cornwall is understood to reflect her growing role within the monarchy.
Clarence House shared the new photo portrait to mark Camilla’s new post on Thursday.
The tweet read: “Following the transfer of the role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from The Duke of Edinburgh to The Duchess of Cornwall, a new official portrait of Her Royal Highness has been released.”
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed the new photo for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
According to the analyst, the new photo contains three key signs Camilla will be Charles’s Queen Consort.
Judi said: “Official royal portraits always contain some intentional gestures or meanings and as Camilla finally steps up to have one of Prince Philip’s roles transferred to her in what must be seen as some sort of seal of approval by the Firm, could this portrait give us any clues about whether or not Camilla will be the next Queen of the United Kingdom?
“There are three nods here to the idea that she will take the title of Queen when Charles is crowned.
“The first is that the posing and composition of the portrait is simple but there is a regal look to the background.
“The second is that Camilla’s choice of suit has a tailored, military styling to set off the brooch that features the Regiment’s Silber bugle design.”
Judi added: “The brooch is worn high and, in the style of the current Queen, almost in place of medals.”
According to Judi, Camilla’s shorter haircut also seems to be inspired by her mother in law.
The expert added: “Camilla’s hair seems to have been cut in a shorter, simpler style that echoes the Queen’s habit of wearing a look that works with crowns and tiaras, and her symmetric pose with eyes straight to camera also appears lifted from the Queen’s repertoire.”
Judi also flagged some ways in which Camilla’s regal look was still behind that of the Queen’s.
Judi added: “However, there are also certain hints that Camilla has not yet adopted the more traditional regal look.”
According to Judi, Camilla’s apparent lack of ease in front of the camera sees her fall short of more senior royals.
Judi said: “Her shoulder posture suggests some tension, as though Camilla still feels intimidated by the camera, where most high-ranking royals do tend to be photographed looking much more solid in terms of confidence.”
The body language expert claimed Camilla’s “asymmetric smile” also sets her apart.