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Old 04-12-2012, 01:20 AM
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I just read that article myself, Kataryn, and have to say that it does have a somewhat jaundiced view of this honor. But, consider the source:

Frantic pleas by Charles, an honour from Her Majesty and a question... Is 'Dame' Camilla now a step closer to becoming Queen? | Mail Online
Yes, considering where this is coming from, it's no surprise. I don't think I'll ever understand the need to belittle a person after any accomplishment. It's as if the newspaper (and I use the term loosely) doesn't want anyone to have a positive view of Camila for too long. The issue with the Order of Precedence is extremely confusing to me, and would Her Majesty really change it just because someone didn't like the idea of curtseying to someone else? The Queen doesn't strike me as someone who would put up with any sort of pettiness (of course I could be wrong, since I've never observed the woman live in action, let alone behind palace doors with family). The insinuation that Camila got the Order because Charles kept nagging his mother is rather absurd to me as well. The Duchess does a great deal of work as a representative of the Crown, so why should it be such a shock that Her Majesty decided to reward her for her effort and merit alone? Again, I don't see the Queen as someone who would bestow such an honor only because her son felt that his wife wasn't being recognized. She doesn't appear to be someone who would give something like that on basis of frivolity, or fancy.

Oh well, such is the 'Daily Mail'. Loving to stir up a scandal that didn't even exist in the first place.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:23 AM
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First off I don't give this article much credence at all because the author doesn't give any names to the sources. I can understand 'palace sources' not necessarily being named but 'senior historians' - no way.
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Not a very nice article - they demeaned her by ridiculing what she does like any other royal.

And I was startled by this: "You can't say she isn’t trying (though her progress into the nation’s affections has been hampered by an incapacity to stand the strain of foreign tours)." What? Given my most recent observation on another thread I felt guilty - have I been party to feeding such an idea? Do DM people read TRF? Sudden feeling of culpability. Why would the DM claim Camilla is not bearing up to foreign tours?

Also, what is all that business about the Order of Precedence? It's unclear what is being suggested. What happened? Is all the stuff they are saying about this accurate?
Christopher Wilson wrote this Daily Mail article. The day before Charles' and Camilla's wedding he was interviewed by Hoda Kotb of NBC with some other "experts" and asked about Camilla, “Diana described her as this evil Rottweiler, husband stealer, home wrecker. Was she all those things?” He replied, “She was all those things and more.” That sums up all his supposedly "unbiased" work as a "royal biographer". He's said a lot of terrible, hateful things about C&C without grounds or sources. If you want to see for yourself you can find more on the Internet; I try not to think about him. I wouldn't believe anything he wrote.
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Christopher Wilson wrote this Daily Mail article. The day before Charles' and Camilla's wedding he was interviewed by Hoda Kotb of NBC with some other "experts" and asked about Camilla, “Diana described her as this evil Rottweiler, husband stealer, home wrecker. Was she all those things?” He replied, “She was all those things and more.” That sums up all his supposedly "unbiased" work as a "royal biographer". He's said a lot of terrible, hateful things about C&C without grounds or sources. If you want to see for yourself you can find more on the Internet; I try not to think about him. I wouldn't believe anything he wrote.
Thank you for this information. Keeps things very much in perspective.
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Her detractors will never let up, and it's naive of anyone to suppose they should. And being married to Charles, a man who himself has his fair share of critics, it's inevitable that this duo will continue to stir such criticism until their respective ends (long may that be from now).

I suspect Camilla does have wide shoulders. She'd have to. She's been a 'public' figure who has experienced much ill will throughout her adult life and has come through it with such dignity and grace. She has never once spoken publically about any matter, nor has she ever complained (to my knowledge) about the press she's received. She just gets on with it.

I don't pay attention to any tabloid articles as they are generally written from a prejudiced stand point.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:00 AM
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Her detractors will never let up, and it's naive of anyone to suppose they should. And being married to Charles, a man who himself has his fair share of critics, it's inevitable that this duo will continue to stir such criticism until their respective ends (long may that be from now).

I suspect Camilla does have wide shoulders. She'd have to. She's been a 'public' figure who has experienced much ill will throughout her adult life and has come through it with such dignity and grace. She has never once spoken publically about any matter, nor has she ever complained (to my knowledge) about the press she's received. She just gets on with it.

I don't pay attention to any tabloid articles as they are generally written from a prejudiced stand point.
I'm sure you're right. I tend to react emotionally; I empathize with Diana's reactions (in so far as we know them), but have lived through various situations, am Charles' and Camilla's age, and with perspective am a huge fan. I think the kerfuffle that landed Charles and Camilla together in marriage was the same as thousands of complex marital messes around the world, except this one continues to play out in the international press and involves the British monarchy, a critical constant in changing times.
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The Duchess of Cornwall has presented "The London Library Life in Literature Award 2012" and has met
guests at a reception and dinner at The London Library, St James's Square, London yesterday, May 1st.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 **


** belga gallery ** PA: Camilla honours monarchy author **
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Very good to see Camilla out and about in London again after some time.
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As we've missed her a bit, here she is again


The Duchess of Cornwall as Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Halton received the Freedom of Thame on behalf
of RAF Halton, Thame High Street, Thame, Oxfordshire today, May 2nd, 2012.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 **


** itv.com video: The Duchess of Cornwall in Thame **


** BBC: Duchess of Cornwall attends RAF Halton freedom parade in Thame **
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Those are lovely pictures, thank you iceflower!
The first picture in particular is very sweet.
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Yes, it is! That's why it has gotten the pole position And besides that I have a marked preference
for those royals-with-flower-girls-and-boys pics

Here are some additional pics of today:



** zimbio gallery: Camilla (..) Accepts the Freedom of Thame Award **


** heart.co.uk: Duchess of Cornwall In Thame ** wenn gallery **
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So do I; those pictures are always lovely and genuine.

That's not standard-issue! Camilla salutes RAF wearing bizarre beret in air force blue
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The Duchess of Cornwall gave a nod to the RAF uniform today, her blue beret echoing the force's colours as she accepted the freedom of a town on behalf of its local air base. But perched on top of the Philip Treacy creation was a blue rose wrapped up in Saturn-style rings of felt. Camilla matched the bizarre headwear with a blue Anna Valentine coat dress and a brooch given to her by RAF Halton, of which she is the Honorary Air Commodore.
Judging by the comments at the end of the article, most people seem to agree that the hat is actually quite pretty.
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I like the hat too. It's quirky without being too 'out there'. Better than her Paddington hats certainly.

Camilla really suits RAF blue.
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Camilla, The Duchess of Rothesay visited Rosslyn Chapel on May 8, 2012 in Roslin, Scotland.
The Duchess attended a service to celebrate the completion of the conservation programme of Rosslyn Chapel, toured the Chapel and met supporters during a reception, and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the new Visitor Centre.

- The Duchess of Rothesay
- With a lovely little bouquet
- Touring the Chapel with Peter Loughborough
- The Duchess with some of the local schoolchildren
- With the well-wishers who had gathered outside the Chapel
- Gallery from Getty

The Duchess is wearing one of her favourite coats. Quite appropriately, the tartan in her coat is the Balmoral Tartan. One of the noblest of royal tartans, it was designed by Prince Albert back in 1850's. The overall grey look with over-checks of red and black was meant to achieve the appearance of rough granite. This particular tartan can be worn by any member of the Royal Family - but only with Her Majesty's permission.
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Duchess of Cornwall visits Sudeley Castle
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The Duchess of Cornwall visited Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe today to celebrate the quincentenary of Katherine Parr. The castle is the former home of Queen Katherine, the last wife of Henry VIII, and she is buried on site at St Mary’s Church.
The Duchess visited the castle in her role as patron of the Queen Katherine Parr Quincentenary Festival, which marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Katherine Parr. She was welcomed to the castle by pupils from Winchcombe Abbey Primary School and met Lord and Lady Ashcombe, its current owners.
- The Duchess of Cornwall with historian Dr David Starkey
- The Duchess of Cornwall on the grounds of the castle with Sir Roddy Llewellyn
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Thank you for the pictures. The close up with Dr. Starkey shows Camilla's engagement ring and wedding ring in their proper place, and the ring that appeared around the first of the year on her little finger. At least I haven't seen it in any previous photos. I'm curious about it because (besides the usual) I wonder if it marked an anniversary of some kind, perhaps an unofficial one, in which case we're not likely to find out anything about it. At this point, I'm as puzzled at the lack of press comment as I am about the ring. There were a bunch of pictures of the henna tattoo she got in Africa - what's the deal with the ring?
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Here's a wonderful, large gallery of pics of today's visit:




** HRH Duchess of Cornwall's visit to Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire **
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The Duchess of Cornwall has attended the wedding of her godson Henry Allsopp and Naomi Gummer at The Church
of St. Nicholas, Chadlington in Chipping Norton on May 26, 2012.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** dailymail article **


** gettyimages/indigo gallery: GBR: Henry Allsopp And Naomi Gummer Wedding **


** hellomagazine: Camerons and little Florence share excitement at wedding of Camilla's godson **
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The Duchess of Cornwall has attended the wedding of her godson Henry Allsopp and Naomi Gummer at The Church of St. Nicholas, Chadlington in Chipping Norton on May 26, 2012.
** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** dailymail article **
** gettyimages/indigo gallery: GBR: Henry Allsopp And Naomi Gummer Wedding **
** hellomagazine: Camerons and little Florence share excitement at wedding of Camilla's godson **
Lovely pictures!
Henry Allsopp is Honourable Henry William Allsopp, the son and heir of Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip of Hindlip, and Fiona Victoria Atherley McGowan. Camilla is very close to the Baron's family; I think their fathers were old army friends.

Naomi Gummer is Honourable Naomi Gummer, the daughter of Peter Gummer, Baron Chadlington and Lucy Rachel Dudley-Hill.
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