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Consort of, or to?

Would we say "the Consort of Queen Elizabeth" or "the Consort to Queen Elizabeth"?

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  • Either one. Consort is both a kinship term (hence allowing the possessive and of) and a state position, which licenses the to. – John Lawler Apr 9 at 19:50
  • I agree with John Lawler that either works. "Of" shows an association with its object noun and tends to be understood as stative. "To" likewise shows an association with its object noun but tends to indicate that the association goes towards the object noun. Compare "The key of the door" and "the key to the door", where the "of" indicates the condition of the key, and the latter implies the key that fits into the door. The "to form is sometimes known as "the beneficial dative." – Greybeard Apr 10 at 23:22