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How Camilla went from marriage saboteur to our future Queen

The Queen’s touching statement marks the culmination of Charles and Camilla’s extraordinary relationship.

After years of ridicule and the specter of Diana forever hanging on her shoulders, the royal couple were finally given the final seal of approval by the Queen herself.

The Queen's emotional statement on how Camilla will be known marks the culmination of Charles and Camilla's extraordinary relationship

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The Queen’s emotional statement on how Camilla will be known marks the culmination of Charles and Camilla’s extraordinary relationship
Over the years, William has grown closer to his stepmother

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Over the years, William has grown closer to his stepmother

It’s a remarkable recovery for the woman most of the public blames for the ending of a royal fairy tale. No longer the “other woman”, Camilla has cemented her place at the heart of the Royal Family.

The Queen said it was her sincere wish that when Charles becomes King “in the fullness of time”, Camilla will be called Queen Consort. “I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me,” she said, “as she (Camilla) continues her own faithful service.”

It is truly a compliment from the 95-year-old monarch and an affirmation of the friendship between two women that the world knows very little about.

Camilla was in the royal family as her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles‘father, Derek, is a great friend to mother of King. They regularly stayed at Birkhall, the Queen’s Scottish retreat at the time, where Camilla was considered “one of us” by the royal family.

Camilla never could have imagined that, while eating lunch in the cozy dining room, it would one day be her home in Scotland. When she married Charles in 2005she thinks she will only support the man she loves.

He desperately needs the support he can’t get Diana.

He is not loved. He is frustrated about his role and he wonders how he will be able to change things for the better.

He was exhausted by dramas about his separation and divorce.

He is also laden with guilt that somehow Diana’s death was his fault and that if he tried to keep the marriage going, she would still be alive.

Camilla convinced him to look ahead. She made him laugh.

She got along well with Prince Philip, whom she had known for many years. More importantly, she got along with Queen. Unusually, the Queen gave an informal speech at her wedding reception Charles and Camilla at Windsor Castle. She compared their then 34-year relationship to the terrain of the Grand National, which took place on the same day.

“They overcame Becher’s Brook and the Chair and all sorts of other horrible obstacles,” she said.

“They made it through and I am very proud and wish them well.

“My son stays at home and lives a dry life with the woman he loves.”

The Queen immediately realized they were going to have a stellar match but for years her regal hands were tied.

Camilla and Charles participate in a polo match in 1975

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Camilla and Charles participate in a polo match in 1975
Aside from her son and Prince Philip, the Queen is probably one of the few people who realizes Camilla's huge potential

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Aside from her son and Prince Philip, the Queen is probably one of the few people who realizes Camilla’s huge potentialCredit: PA

Queen and Philip knew Camilla was unpopular with the British people and her beloved Commonwealth.

They would always compare her to the beautiful young Diana whose face was shrunk in an almost holy image. Give food to the starving. Hold the leper’s hand. Clutching the hand of a young man with Aids. Representing the poor, displaced, unwanted.

It was a role Camilla could never repeat. And will never try. The Queen warns patience. Time is key to Camilla’s acceptance, she said. Then people get to see beyond her role as the woman who ruined the Princess of Wales’ marriage and see her for what the Queen knows who she is.

A woman who can handle any situation with sensitivity. She also has a remarkable and valuable ability to see the interesting side of life, however difficult that may be.

Camilla doesn’t want to be famous or famous. The Queen is probably one of the few people, aside from her son and Philip, who has realized her great potential.

She feels badly treated and calls her a “malicious woman” but she knows the marriage will eventually work out. It had to. “What if I fall off my horse,” the Queen would say. “Then we will have difficulty. This needs to be sorted out”.

Camilla’s father, Major Bruce Shand, who died in 2006, agrees and loves to tease his daughter about being Queen one day. “This is “La Reine”,” he would say as she entered the room — much to her dismay.

But there is speculation that Camilla will never be Queen – and it has been encouraged that she will instead become Princess Consort once her husband ascends the throne.

The Queen knows that will never work. The wife of a King is a Queen. Her biological mother, then Duchess of York, became Queen when her father became King George VI.

The Queen’s last consort was Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, conferring her full title.

She recalls the moment she poured holy oil on her head at her husband’s Coronation.

She felt it was a sign from God that she always had to do her duty. And she did.

But when it came to Camilla, the Queen was patient.

For the past ten years, the public has admired Camilla for her rigorous dedication.

She quietly performed her duties without praise and expecting less. That’s exactly what the Queen told her would happen.

When Philip was alive, Camilla spent time with him. They love to read books and have endless discussions about books and authors.

Charles’s view of the narrow monarchy he was determined to have was taking shape.

Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge joined her father and stepmother at the Prince’s Foundation in London’s Docklands.

This will surely be William’s responsibility one day and it is important to Charles that his daughter-in-law also have first-hand knowledge of all of his projects.

They are one unit. They had to be, for there were a lot of matters that were outside the tight encirclement of the immediate royal family.

William has become closer to his stepmother. She knows how important his input is to her father and, in turn, he appreciates that he is always consulted on important issues.

The cordial tone of the Queen’s speech, delivered on the day his grandfather King George VI died 70 years ago, meant a lot to Charles.

It was the final seal of royal approval he had always coveted, and “in the fullness of time when he becomes King,” it’s something he will always cherish.

  • lngrid Seward is the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and the author of Prince Philip Revealed.
For the past ten years, the British public has adored Camilla, as pictured here showing off her engagement ring, for her stark dedications

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For the past ten years, the British public has adored Camilla, as pictured here showing off her engagement ring, for her stark dedicationsCredit: Reuters
Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, were married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in 2005

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Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, were married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in 2005Credit: Tim Graham – Getty

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