While King Charles is being treated for cancer, Queen Camilla is keeping the royal spectacle going. About a woman who faced another turning point in her life with poise.
Camilla’s words seemed well thought out. Her husband King Charles III’s cancer diagnosis. was only known for a few days when the Queen visited the southern English city of Salisbury. The appearance seemed as if the British royals wanted to let the world know that their monarchy can be relied on even in these times.
When someone expressed his condolences, Camilla brought her hands together in front of her body and replied almost immediately, without being asked, “Well, he’s doing extremely well under the circumstances.”
While Charles (75) will undergo his treatments in the near future, Camilla (76) will continue to attend public appointments. With her, the woman who some believed should never become queen now has an important role to play.
Camilla’s difficult start
“The idea that Camilla would play such a prominent role in British life would have been unthinkable two decades ago,” wrote author Kate Mansey in the Times newspaper. And the BBC once wrote about Camilla that few women have been crucified in public like Camilla Parker Bowles.
Many people blamed her for Charles’s marriage to Princess Diana breaking up. In a 1995 television interview, Diana said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit tight.”
But Charles and Camilla knew each other before they married other partners. After Charles’ divorce, it took a while before the two publicly appeared as lovers. The first joint appearance was 25 years ago today.
On January 28, 1999, Charles and Camilla left a party together at the Ritz Hotel in London. An action that – if you believe media reports – was carefully planned. The two married in 2005, and last year Camilla was crowned at Charles’ side. The two have known each other for half a century.
“She is a great support”
According to observers, Camilla is an important help in Charles’ life. “She’s a great support to her husband in many ways,” said Majesty magazine’s Joe Little. She was seen holding the fort while he recovered at the country estate in Sandringham.
Before Charles’ cancer diagnosis was announced, he had been treated in hospital for a benign enlarged prostate. Camilla visited him several times and left the private London Clinic with him.
Her appearances afterwards were an Oscar-worthy display of royal stability, Mansey wrote in the Times. Camilla was in Windsor, Bath, Cambridge after the procedure. And visited a support center for people with cancer in London. Everything, the Times suggests, although it may have already known about Charles’ diagnosis. But the royal duties continue.
What Camilla’s son says about her
The fact that Camilla has experience with crises became apparent when many people used to have an opinion about her. Often not a good one. “My mother is bulletproof,” her son Tom Parker Bowles once wrote of her resilience. “There is nothing anyone could say about our family that would offend us.”
In an interview with Vogue magazine, Camilla described the time as not being easy. She was questioned for so long that she had to find a way to live with it. “I think in the end I kind of rise above it and move on. You have to move on with life.”
In the conversation she also talked about her marriage to Charles. They tried to meet each other once a day. If they had more time together, they would like to read, each in a different corner of the room. It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to have a conversation, Camilla said. “You just sit there and be together.”
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