Happy birthday, Camilla!
Raise a glass to the Duchess of Cornwall who today turns 73.
To celebrate the occasion, Clarence House released a new portrait of the duchess taken earlier this week.
The photo shows the smiling royal posing in the garden of her and Prince Charles’ London home while wearing one of her favourite dresses – a blue shift dress by British designer Anna Valentine that she’s worn on several recent official outings including on a visit to young carers in Cornwall.
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The Duchess of Cornwall thanked young carers today during a visit to @youthactionwilts, saying “I just want to say how grateful everybody is for all you do...I know how hard it’s been for you, especially over lockdown.” Youth Action Wiltshire’s activity centre offers support to young carers from the county, giving them the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities as part of a team to help develop skills, build their self-esteem and confidence. The centre closed during lockdown but has reopened for small groups of carers to enjoy the outdoor activities on offer, and today The Duchess officially reopened the centre. ?? 1 & 4: PA
Amongst the many tributes that poured in was one from her son-in-law, Prince William, and his wife, Kate.
They released a light-hearted photo of the two of them with Camilla and Charles during their joint visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall in Loughborough in February.
Camilla – who is now doing a limited number of socially-distanced public engagements - is believed to be spending her special day with her family at Ray Mill House, her private Wiltshire home which she bought in 2003.
She has two children from her first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles – Tom Parker Bowles (45), a food writer and critic, and Laura Lopes (42), an art curator.
Yesterday she visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea – a retirement and nursing home for some 300 veterans of the British Army - to pay tribute to those who’d succumbed to the coronavirus pandemic.
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At the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London today, The Duchess of Cornwall reviewed Chelsea Pensioners on parade. The @royalhospitalchelsea was due to celebrate their annual Founder’s Day on 4th June but the event was postponed due to the pandemic. The Founder’s Day Parade commemorates King Charles II’s founding of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1682. The King founded the hospital to give veterans a place to live after retiring from their duties. Today the site is home to nearly 300 Chelsea Pensioners, both men and women, who are all former soldiers of the British Army. ?? PA
“I know you have been through a particularly tough time of late, having lost ten Pensioners to Covid-19,” she told the residents.
“I should like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who have died, and to each of you as you go through the painful process of adjusting to the gap left by those much-loved friends.”
She continued that she knew “about the challenges and sacrifices of military duty”, adding how the country had also turned to a younger generation of servicemen and women as the pandemic broke out to help mobilize resources.Sources: dailymail.co.uk, Instagram, dailymirror.co.uk