Prince Charles' wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, turns 70

Carla Harmon
July 17, 2017

Her entry into the Royal Family was certainly not text book, or indeed welcomed by some, but you would never have known it from the right royal bash thrown for the Duchess of Cornwall's 70th birthday.

Indeed some fans, such as her biographer Penny Junor, have suggested that far from being one of the biggest dangers to the House of Windsor and the monarchy in general, warm, earthy and intelligent Camilla is now one of its biggest assets.

The image was taken in the Morning Room in Clarence House.


The last official portrait of prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, which celebrates the 70's, the duchess of Cornwall, looks at a glance to Lady Diana. Camilla has never chosen to use that title - presumably out of respect for Diana - and instead opted for the lesser title of "Duchess of Cornwell'".

In the image, the Duchess stands next to her husband, the Prince of Wales as they wear matching navy blazers. He took Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's official engagement photos in 2010, and has also taken official photographs of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte. He described the duchess, whose birthday is today, as a "beautiful person".

The Duchess also invited family and close friends for a separate get-together at Highgrove House on Saturday night for a private party.


Prince Charles' wife Camilla is turning 70 with few complaints, although she admits her feet are sore after a long day of royal duties.

Photographer Mario said he was "honoured" to document the royal couple on such an important date.

Camilla will be spending tomorrow privately with her family, including her two children, Tom and Laura, and her five grandchildren, and - if he can be persuaded not to work - her husband, the Prince of Wales.


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