Fact Check-Parody account started satirical claim about change to UK Queen Consort Camilla’s royal title after King Charles’ death

A satirical tweet saying that the royal title of Britain’s Queen Consort Camilla would change to “Queen Camilla, Mother of the nation” after King Charles’ death has confused people who interpreted the post as serious. The user who posted the tweet told Reuters that they run a parody account.

The tweet reads: “Senior royal spokesperson Lady Burlingham Smythe has informed Westminster that in event King Charles III dies before Queen Camilla her full royal title will become “Queen Camilla,Mother of the Nation”. In recognition of her service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

The tweet has been viewed more than 520,000 times at the time of writing and can be seen (here).

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

While many Twitter users appear to realise the tongue-in-cheek intent, many do not. For example, one user sharing the post wrote: “Royals really want to be Abolished don't they?” (here).

The claim also spread to Facebook (here) and (here).

Reuters spoke to the Twitter user who originally posted the claim, and they confirmed that the account posts parody content.

Other examples of clear satirical content about Britain’s royal family on the same account can be seen (here) and (here).


Satire. The claim was originally posted on a parody Twitter account.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts (here).