queen consort

noun
plural queens consort

Definition of queen consort 

: the wife of a reigning king

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Those queens, for those who may have snoozed during 16th century history lessons, were cousins Mary Stuart, queen of Scotland (and queen consort in France), and Elizabeth I, queen of England. refinery29.com, "Margot Robbie & Saoirse Ronan's Orange Wigs Alone Are Oscar-Worthy In Mary Queen Of Scots Trailer," 12 July 2018 In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned king of England; his wife, Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen consort. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 23 June 2018 Will the future queen consort be in charge of corralling all the children into the chapel come Saturday? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Have a Big Role in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding," 16 May 2018 When a British king marries, his wife is called queen consort, rather than princess. Morgan Evans, Redbook, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Marrying a British Royal," 11 Apr. 2017 As the future king and queen consort, don't expect the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to be standing at the front of the chapel on the big day. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 23 Mar. 2018 His inspiration: archival photos of pieces designed for Margherita of Savoy, the queen consort of Italy in the late 19th century. Vogue, "Charlotte Chesnais’s Emerald Solitaire, and All the Highlights from the Couture Jewelry Presentations," 26 Jan. 2018 The wives of British monarchs tend to receive the ceremonial title of queen—or, more specifically, queen consort. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Moment Philip Became a British Prince—And Why He Isn't the King," 4 Oct. 2017 For example, the Elizabeth's mother (also Elizabeth) became queen consort when her husband, George VI became King. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Moment Philip Became a British Prince—And Why He Isn't the King," 4 Oct. 2017

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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