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They say that behind every great man is a great woman – and that’s certainly the case when it comes to our very own King Charles. Since his accession back in September, Queen Camilla, who celebrates her 76th birthday today has been right by his side as he’s tackled the role he waited his entire life for.
Indeed the King and Queen’s relationship is said to be stronger than ever – something that was evident during their official engagements in Cornwall last week.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, royal expert Jennie Bond reflects on the couple’s enduring partnership. “Camilla is Charles’s soulmate, his rock, his sounding board, his friend, and, as he always says ‘his darling wife’,” remarks Jennie. “She soothes him, comforts him and makes him laugh.”
They’ve always had a great deal in common including a wicked sense of humour, a love of the great outdoors, an affection for animals, including their two rescue Jack Russell Terriers Beth and Bluebell, and a passion for country pursuits such as walking and fishing.
But Jennie also points out that, such is the depth of their bond, they’re often simply content to be in one another’s company. “As Camilla herself has said, they like nothing better than to just be the two of them, sitting quietly, reading their books,” Jennie adds. “No need to talk, just enjoy being together.”
Despite this image of quiet bliss, at an age where most people are enjoying a well-earned retirement, Queen Camilla is busier than ever. During the past year especially, she has seen a huge step-up in her public role and constitutional duties.
In the week leading up to her birthday, she carried out a reception to mark the 15th anniversary of the First Story charity and joined the likes of Pippa Matthews and Zara Tindall at Wimbledon to watch Ons Jabeur beat Elena Rybakina in the women’s quarter finals before travelling to Cornwall with the King for their day of engagements.
“She’s a country woman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife and now at a point in her life where most people are enjoying the peace and freedom of later life, she’s the Queen, with all the attention and responsibilities that come with the role. It’s quite something to expect of her, particularly after the difficult decades that she endured because she loves a man called Charles,” says Jennie.
Born in London on July 17, 1947 to Major Bruce and Rosemary Shand, Camilla had no idea while growing up of the destiny that lay before her.
“Camilla has never had a career, a profession, indeed even a job. So to come to this extremely big role so late in life must’ve been a shock to the system,” notes Jennie. “However, she has gradually embraced a number of causes dear to her heart, some of them quite sensitive and difficult, like domestic violence.
"I always remember her telling me how, when she made one of the very first public speeches – about osteoporosis – she looked up and saw me in the audience and felt reassured to see a familiar face.
"She’s now much more confident in her public speaking, and is really enjoying new aspects of her work, such as her very successful online reading room, and the literary festival that began this year.
“I believe her friends when they say Camilla never had any ambition to be Queen. But it’s happened to her, and she’s the sort of person who’ll just get on with it and make the very best job of it that she can.
"I admire her resilience in the face of so much criticism, in particular the latest vitriol from Harry in his memoir Spare. Her friends say that she has chosen to rise above it, let it go, and move on, which can’t have been easy. But she’s that sort of woman.”
As a modern and unconventional consort, Camilla regularly tackles subjects which the royal family previously wouldn’t have aligned themselves with, including domestic violence and FGM (female genital mutilation).
This was in fact a key focus of the King and Queen’s visit to Cornwall last Thursday when Camilla visited The Women’s Centre Cornwall in the Bodmin area which provides specialist support to women and girls living with the impact of sexual and/or domestic abuse.
Elsewhere during their trip, in tribute to the 30th anniversary year of Tate St Ives, they stopped by the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which is cared for by Tate. At St Ives Harbour they were greeted by the choristers of Truro Cathedral, some of whom sang at the Coronation in May, and met members of the Cornish community.
The King and Queen met a number of Coronation Champions too, who were recognised earlier in the year for their outstanding voluntary contribution.
Queen Camilla also paid a visit to the Oasis Centre that supports isolated and vulnerable people and families in a very rural part of Cornwall.
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