Trending: ‘queen consort’
Lookups spiked 25,000% on September 7th, 2022.
The news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 was announced by the royal family and identified Camilla, the wife of King Charles III and known until the Queen's death as Duchess of Cornwall, as the Queen Consort.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.
Consort comes from a French word and traces back to the Latin word meaning "one who shares."
This term traces back to the 1660s, when it was coincidentally used to refer to Queen Catherine, the wife of King Charles II.
Queen consort is one of several two-word terms in English that place the adjective after the noun, in what would be usual in French grammar. Such terms have an elevated formalness and dignity, and usually refer to titles of high rank or esteem or official proceedings of some sort.
Other examples of this kind of term include attorney general, poet laureate, and court martial.
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