The Duchess of Cornwall today carried out her first public engagement since the Queen signalled her approval on Saturday that she will become Queen Consort when Prince Charles takes the throne.
Camilla, now 74 years old, visited Roundhill Primary in Bath. This is an important royal commitment. Camilla looked happy to be welcomed by many Union Jack-waving young children.
In her Accession Day Statement, the Queen informed the Duchess that she would be crowned Queen Consort as Charles ascends the throne. She looked thrilled to be in the West Country school.
According to the Daily Mail, The Duke of Cambridge appears to have been supportive of Queen Elizabeth’s decision to name his stepmother as Queen consort. Prince William was not part of the decision-making process, the Daily Mail understands, but is ‘respectful’ of the logic of his grandmother’s decision.
Prince Harry is yet to comment on Saturday’s developments.
Camilla dressed in a chic navy and green tartan skirt with navy velvet collar and cuffs, and black leather gloves, on a cold Bath morning. She also met dozens of good-wishers along the way.
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Wave the Union Jack in support of the Queen Consort. After receiving Queen Elizabeth’s approval regarding her future title, the Duchess Of Cornwall visited Roundhill Primary School in Bath for her first public appearance.
The Queen made an Accession Day Statement on Saturday and assured Camilla Duchess Cornwall that she would be crowned Queen Consort when Charles is King. Camilla, who was 74 years old, seemed to love the West Country’s young pupils.
While making her way to the primary school in this morning’s first day, she looked stunning in an elegant navy and emerald plaid skirt suit with navy Velour collar.
While parents and students waving their flags at the Blue Gates, a delighted school mother chats to her future Queen Consort.
Perhaps a bit shy. A young pupil looks the other way with his arms folded as the Duchess takes a seat at a table of three-year-olds during the morning session at Roundhill Primary School
As the youngster warms up, however, he holds the gloved hands of the Duchess and joins in an early years sing-along.
While she was visiting, the Duchess Of Cornwall planted a tree at the school’s gardens. She used a spade to move soil around roots while pupils and teachers watched.
The tree is in! The tree stands firm as the Duchess of Cornwall admires her horticultural handiwork during her visit to the school in the Southdown area of Bath
Once inside, the royal joined a range of classes with the excited pupils, including a ‘Language for Life’ session with a group of three-year-olds and the Sunbeam’s Early Years Classroom.
She also sat down with a group of children aged eight to ten in the Owl Reading Room as part of her campaign to promote literacy and joined in with a group of youngsters making fruit smoothies in ‘The Nest’.
Before she left she carried out another two ‘hardy annuals’ of royal life – a tree planting to mark the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative with the school’s ‘Eco Team’ and unveiling a plaque to commemorate the visit.
The trip has been organised in her role as Patron of St John’s Foundation, a position she had held since 2009.
It is a local charity that dates back to 12th-century Bath. They have an ambitious plan for supporting the most vulnerable children of their area. This will help them to develop the education and skills they need to succeed in secondary school.
Camilla and her husband, Prince Charles, have said they are ‘touched and honoured’ by the Queen’s Accession Day message on Saturday in which she made clear it was her ‘sincere wish’ that she be known as Queen Consort when her husband becomes King.
Year 6 student chats with the queen during her first appearance since she was approved by the Queen. She will become Queen Consort as Prince Charles becomes King.
Black leather gloves were worn by the Duchess of Cambridge as she greeted the children and their families at the entrance. Later, she joined a group with three-year-olds to learn in the school’s Early Years center.
It was time for some conversation: At 74 the Duchess leaned in to listen to her children wave their Union Jacks.
The trip has been organised in her role as Patron of St John’s Foundation, a position she had held since 2009
After the Queen set out her hopes and called for support Charles and Camilla’s, the duchess and prince will no doubt be crown alongside them at the coronation. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Rothesay share a laugh during a visit to Dumfries House, Scotland
On Sunday, Prince of Wales released a statement congratulating His Majesty the Queen for her remarkable achievements in serving the nation, the Realms, and Commonwealth for so many years. With each year, the Queen inspires more admiration for her dedication to all her subjects.
“We are very conscious of my mother’s wishes and the honor they have given us. We have worked closely together to help Her Majesty as well as the citizens of our towns, but my beloved wife has always been there for me.
“The unprecedented year of the Platinum Jubilee gives us an opportunity to all come together to celebrate the service and leadership of The Queen in the years ahead.
While they did not comment publicly on Queen Elizabeth’s statements, the Duke and Duchess have retweeted the Royal Family post which also included Queen Elizabeth’s announcement. The Duchess of Cambridge also shared an update on their Instagram accounts.
The Duke and Duchess have not commented on the news that Camilla will be Queen Consort, made at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Responding to Queen’s Accession Day Statement, Royal experts stated that there was “no finer vote in confidence in Camilla” than her being made Queen Consort.
Peter Hunt is an ex-BBC royal correspondent who stated: “The Queen ensures that the transition to her son, as king, is seamless and without any problems.
“She has future-proofed an institution she served for seventy year.
“And Camilla has completed her journey, from third spouse in a union to queen-in–waiting.”
Ingrid Seward is a royal biographer who said Camilla being Queen is what Prince Charles always wanted.
‘It’s a remarkable rehabilitation for the woman who a large proportion of the public blamed for the end of a royal fairytale’, she wrote in the Sun.
‘Far from being “the other woman”, Camilla has cemented her place at the heart of the Royal Family.
‘It is the ultimate royal stamp of approval he has always craved and “in the fullness of time when he becomes King” it is something he will always cherish.’
Her Majesty announced surprisely that it was her sincere desire for Charles to fully acknowledge her daughter-in law.
As she marks 70 years of the Throne, the Queen sent the message to show her support.
This is not only a clear sign of Queen Elizabeth’s unwavering support of her daughter-in law, but also a proof of her unwavering affection for the woman who ensured her son’s happiness.
In a statement that ends years of uncertainty, Elizabeth II has expressed her ‘sincere wish’ that Camilla be given the title when Charles ascends to the throne, telling the public ‘I know you will give them the same support you have given me’ Pictured: The Queen, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a state banquet for the King of the Netherlands
Boris Johnson, the 14th British Prime Minster to be occupying No10 in her reign, paid tribute today to Queen Elizabeth II and stated that he was looking forward to “coming together as one country to celebrate the historic reign of the queen”
Former Prime Minister Theresa May described the Queen as ‘an extraordinary woman, who has dedicated her life to the service of her people & our family of nations’.
David Cameron thanked Queen Elizabeth and added that there was ‘no finer example’ of dignified service and public duty.
Sir Keir starmer, Labour leader, also released a statement in which he expressed his deepest gratitude to Queen Elizabeth II for the’seven years of unsurpassed public service’.
The queen’s statements also dispelled any speculation that Monarch 95 year old might abdicate. She reiterated her Coronation vow. She told her subjects ‘my life will always be devoted to your service’ – and that she would continue to honour that ‘with all my heart’.
In her message to the nation – signed ‘Your Servant, Elizabeth R’ – the Queen said: ‘When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.’
Dickie, Queen’s ex-press secretary, stated that the Queen had made the announcement to show she was “tying up loose ends”, aware of her vulnerability, and acknowledging Camilla’s work.
In the Mirror, she wrote:[Camilla] has been absolutely marvellous in everything she’s done – proving to be an incredibly good support not only for the Prince of Wales but also for the Queen, who she has become very close to. She is a good choice for both the King and the country.
And she is good for her country. If you go anywhere in the United Kingdom where Camilla has visited, you will find they have welcomed her with open arms and have gone away very light-headed and thankful that she’s been there.’
Penny Junor, Camilla’s biographer, said that the Queen’s endorsement was “a tremendously important moment” for her.
She stated, “This news is amazing because if the Queen wishes, then it’s not likely that people will question it.”
“The title is really deserved by the Duchess. While she won’t be Charles’s overshadow, she will provide Charles with the support and strength he requires to succeed.
Hugo Vickers, Royal historian, said that Camilla’s selection to be Queen was not only a smart and charitable decision but also a masterstroke typical of a sovereign. It is a great symbolic moment. It is a crucial moment in the Monarchy’s history.