Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will mark her 73rd birthday on July 17 and seems more settled in her royal role than ever. The Duchess of Cornwall mar
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will mark her 73rd birthday on July 17 and seems more settled in her royal role than ever. The Duchess of Cornwall married Prince Charles, 71, in 2005 but did not have the easiest of royal beginnings.
Camilla’s affair with Prince Charles was exposed by his first wife Princess Diana in an interview she gave to the BBC’s Panorama programme in 1995.
Charles and Diana were separated at the time and finalised their divorce in 1996.
The following year Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris and her tragic death hardened the British public’s opinion against Camilla.
While Charles and Camilla’s relationship continued it wasn’t until years later that it was finally deemed appropriate by the Queen for them to marry.
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Charles and Camilla celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in April and it seems the tide of ill-sentiment against Camilla has finally turned.
In recent years the Duchess has become one of the hardest working members of the royal family and is now considered “one of the warmest-hearted royals”, according to an expert.
Looking back at Camilla’s last 15 years as a royal, fashion expert and Sole Bliss (www.solebliss.com) spokesman, Zak Scott said: “Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be turning 73 this month and is looking more radiant than ever.
“While her fifties and sixties often attracted controversy and criticism, the Prince of Wales’ wife has emerged glowing as one of the warmest-hearted Royals.”
Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “Upon his accession, the Duchess of Cornwall will automatically become Queen Consort.
“There has been much speculation over this issue principally because of the sensitivities relating to Diana, Princess of Wales.
“This, however, does not change the fact that in law the duchess will become Queen Consort.
“Indeed, presently she is entitled to be known as Princess of Wales, but again mindful of Diana, Princess of Wales the decision was taken to use one of Prince Charles’ subsidiary titles.
“There has been much debate as to what title will be taken when Charles becomes King, Princess Consort being one.
“There is no precedent for such a style, but that does not preclude its eventual use, nor would its use mitigate her legal right to be recognised as Queen Consort.”