The Duchess of Cornwall At 75: The Highs and Lows Of Becoming A Royal
Camilla is officially 75 – an age the Duchess herself refers to as “ancient”. While she’s now set to become the Queen when husband Prince Charles takes the throne, it wasn’t always so.
Entering the Royal Family, Camilla wasn’t instantly loved. In fact the opposite was the case at first, but through years of diligent service, she’s managed to earn the love and respect of her people.
How the Queen Acknowledges the Years Of Hard Work Camilla Has Put Into Her Role As A Member of the Royal Family
To mark the Duchess of Cornwall’s 75th birthday on Sunday, Clarence House – the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s office – released an official portrait. The picture was taken at Raymill, the Wiltshire home she still owns where she raised her children.
Her earlier days as a member of the Royal Family were plagued with criticisms, as people saw her as a “home wrecker”. In fact, in order to appease the people’s love for Diana and apparent hatred for her, Prince Charles and Camilla decided to announce that she wouldn’t be Queen Consort when Charles takes the throne.
Also, to acknowledge Charles’ first wife, Princess Diana, Camilla declined to take the “Princess of Wales” title.
But after years of taking public criticisms, and, at the same time, devoting herself entirely to fighting for issues that affect women all over the world, she’s finally getting the positive reaction she deserves.
The Queen showed her unwavering support when she announced that it is her desire that Camilla will become Queen when the time comes. The Duchess was reportedly overjoyed by the news.
In addition, Camilla has been made a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter, joining the oldest and most senior order of chivalry whose members are appointed personally by the reigning Sovereign.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s Major Charities
Camilla Parker Bowles, as the press still refers to the Duchess, has proven her strength by rising above all the vilification to fight for causes that matter.
She currently is a strong advocate for the victims of domestic violence and the care that should be afforded to someone who has been through the ordeal. She has promised to continue the inspiring work when she becomes the Queen.
Camilla, an avid reader, has also taken it upon herself to promote literacy for all ages. And as an animal lover, she supports Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, for which she held a reception this week to mark its 160th anniversary.
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