It’s not the kind of footwear you’d expect a royal to wear to an official engagement – but Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has a good reason for opting for a pair of fluffy black slippers.
When the wife of Britain’s Prince Charles (72) stepped into Wightman Road Mosque in London recently, she swapped her heeled boots for the comfy slip-ons in accordance with the mosque’s rules, which state that outdoor shoes shouldn’t be worn in the building.
She opted for a pair of £19 (R380) slippers from UK label Pour Moi but combined with her tailored overcoat, white head scarf and leopard-print mask, the 73-year-old still appeared flawlessly elegant.
Her visit took place two days before her father-in-law, Prince Philip, passed away at Windsor Castle aged 99.
During her tour of the building, Camilla chatted to members of the London Islamic Cultural Society about how they’ve been supporting the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth (94), both Camilla and Charles have received their vaccinations.
“I leapt for joy,” Camilla told staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after she received the jab. “I didn’t feel anything. I’m eternally grateful for everything.”
Meanwhile the duchess revealed her favourite activity to do with her grandchildren.
“I read to my children and now I read to my grandchildren,” she said in a recent Instagram chat.
She has five grandchildren from her first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles (81) – Lola (13) and Freddy (11) are the children of her son, Tom (46); and Eliza (13) and twins Gus and Louis (11) are the children of her daughter, Laura Lopes (43).
Then she’s also step-grandmother to Charles’ four grandkids – Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (5) and Prince Louis (2) are the kids of Prince William (38); and Archie (23 months) is the son of Prince Harry (36).
“I love it. I read to them when they were absolutely tiny. And they’ve got older and older and older, and now they actually read to me!”
Sources: people.com, Instagram, honey.nine.com.au, hellomagazine.com