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UK government says Parker Bowles can become queen

[JURIST] A UK government minister said Monday that Camilla Parker Bowles [BBC profile] can become queen after Prince Charles [official website] ascends to the British throne. Christopher Leslie, minister responsible for the UK Department for Constitutional Affairs [official website] answered a lawmaker's written question about Parker Bowles' status by saying the marriage of Charles and Parker Bowles would not be "morganatic" where a spouse of inferior status has no claim to the standing of the other, and that legislation would be needed to deny Parker Bowles the title of queen. Indeed, such legislation would have to be passed in every country, including Australia and Canada, where the British sovereign is the head of state. When the royal marriage was announced, Prince Charles indicated Parker Bowles would only receive the title of "Princess Consort" if he succeeded to the throne. Until then, Parker Bowles will be known as Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall. AP has more.

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