Following reports that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, could become a new State Councilor and carry out duties on behalf of the Queen, we look at how her profile has been growing, especially after giving a landmark speech on violence sexual.
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The Duchess of Cornwall’s royal career has been far from easy, but now she is set to be the next queen of the United Kingdom alongside her husband as king.
After joining The Firm in 2005 when she married Prince Charles in Windsor, she was still often considered the “third person” in her marriage to Princess Diana, dealing with shocking abuse.
Fast-forward 17 years, and Camilla’s profile is higher than ever after championing several important causes, including sexual violence against women, while also supporting her husband.
On Saturday night, the queen expressed her wish for Camila to be the next queen consort when Charles takes the throne.
The 95-year-old, who has been head of state for 70 years, said: “And when, in the fullness of time, my son Carlos becomes king, I know they will give him and his wife Camila the same support. given to me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service.”
Here we see how he seems to have risen through the royal ranks…
Camilla became the Duchess of Cornwall in April 2005 after marrying Prince Charles in Windsor.
Years earlier, she had come into the spotlight after it was revealed that she had been having an affair with Charles.
Princess Diana memorably said in her Panorama interview: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
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Camilla’s fate as a femme fatale was sealed. Yet she somehow managed to maintain a dignified silence through years of abuse.
In a rare 2017 interview, Camilla told You magazine: “It was horrible, deeply disgusting and I wouldn’t put my worst enemy through it. I couldn’t have survived without my family.”
Causes of defense
But over the years she has worked hard and experts say there has been a recent push to change public perception of Camilla.
She has championed a number of causes close to her heart, including literacy and awareness of the condition osteoporosis.
In fact, when it comes to literacy, Camilla launched her successful Instagram reading room last year, where she recommends books and talks with authors and readers.
He organized a “celebration of literature” to thank those who have supported the Reading Room and delivered a moving closing speech.
Body language expert Judi James told the Express: “Camilla seems to have stepped forward here with this unusually lively and humorous speech that suggests she could have a more integral role in providing support and encouragement than imagined.”
“This appearance shows the world a more determined and even more confident Camilla, during a speech that sounds part improvised and part scripted.”
Another cause that Camilla has championed and spoken passionately about is domestic and sexual violence against women.
In the past, he has revealed that he had friends who have been victims of violence and coercive control, admitting that “no one knows what happens” behind closed doors.
She told the mother of a domestic abuse victim “it’s okay, you can talk about it”, before vowing to break the stigma on the subject during a reception at Clarence House.
And he delivered an impressive landmark speech calling on men to join the movement to end sexual violence against women.
In a rallying cry for both sexes to come together in the community to combat a violent wave of horrific crimes against women, Camilla said: “Rapeists are not born, they are built.”
The Duchess added: “We need to engage the men in our lives in this movement.
“In no way do we hold all men responsible for sexual violence. But we need you all on board to tackle it. After all, rapists are not born, they are built.”
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When it comes to other royal duties, Camilla has also stepped up in recent years.
In 2016, she was appointed to the Privy Council, which advises the monarch on matters of state.
In recent years, he has also accompanied Prince Charles and the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament and attended receptions for world leaders at the G7 summit in June and the COP26 summit.
Despite having a busy schedule, Camilla is often seen by her husband’s side during official duties, engagements, and tours.
But it is not only in her professional life that she is believed to be a constant support, but also in her personal life.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to step down as royals and start a new life together in the US, it was reportedly Camilla who proved to be a “rock” to her husband.
A source told the Telegraph: “It is not an exaggeration to say that she has been his support through this crisis. She has been the one who has kept him going. It was really difficult for him.”
Will Camilla be queen?
It looks that way.
In a statement issued tonight, the Queen said she hoped Carlos and Camila enjoyed the same support as her.
The monarch said: I am eternally grateful and honored for the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.
“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Carlos becomes king, I know that they will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that they have given me, and it is my sincere wish that when that time comes , Camilla may be known as queen consort while continuing her own loyal service.”