Duchess Camila Warms Up to the Queen
The Duchess of Cornwall has long been vilified for causing the eventual decay of the marriage of Prince Charles to the well-loved Princess Diana. And, although history has proven that most of the rumors were true about her being the Prince’s one true love, Camilla is now proving that given the chance, she can win the Queen’s heart and the people’s as well.
In fact, Camilla’s ‘low-profile’ and quiet demeanor have probably endeared her to her mother-in-law so much that she has been given the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order.
According to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II has appointed the Duchess of Cornwall to the Dame Grand Cross on the day of her seventh wedding anniversary with Prince Charles, the queen’s son.
Awards under the Royal Victorian Order, which was founded in 1896 by Queen Victoria, are given by the queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a ‘personal way’.
Duchess Camilla married Prince Charles in a simple civil ceremony on April 9, 2005 — eight years after Diana’s death. She has carried out hundreds of royal engagements and taken on a wide range of patronages since becoming the Duchess of Cornwall.