New portrait released to mark the Duchess of Cornwall's 70th birthday

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

Later on Saturday, a birthday party for the Duchess will be staged at the Prince's Highgrove home in Gloucestershire, with a large gathering expected at the private event.

Shoulder to shoulder with her husband, the Duchess of Cornwall poses for an official portrait released to mark her 70th birthday tomorrow.

Those who attended included the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Camilla's children.

Camilla's ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles was also there. Despite his many affairs during their marriage which led to an eventual divorce in 1995, they remain good friends.

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 society stylist, although officially retired from the salon, still sees his favourite clients privately and is the only man the Duchess trusts to tend to her locks.

Among his best-known pictures are a series of informal portraits of the late Princess Diana taken months before her death in 1997.

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The official title for her when that time comes is HRH The Princess Consort.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Camilla said she believed hard work was necessary to keep the effects of ageing at the door.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have unveiled their official portrait ahead of Camilla's 70th birthday on Monday.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will return to their duties in Devon and Cornwall later in the week.

It's an occasion that has led many newspapers and commentators to reflect on the Duchess's position within the Royal Family and ask whether public perception has changed towards the woman who for years lived in the shadow of Prince Charles's ex-wife Princess Diana.

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