Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Prince Charles' wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, turns 70

Prince Charles' wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, turns 70

It is thought family members - from her son Tom Parker Bowles and daughter Laura Lopes to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who are playing polo in Gloucestershire - are likely to be among the guests.

The party was the second celebration of Camilla's birthday, which falls on Monday 17 July.

The milestone for the Duchess of Cornwall was marked Monday with the release of an official portrait of Charles and Camilla.

In the new photograph, Camilla - in a navy blue dress coat by designer Fiona Clare - poses with husband Prince Charles in the Morning Room at Clarence House, their London residence. Despite his many affairs during their marriage which led to an eventual divorce in 1995, they remain good friends.

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.

Twelve years after their controversial civil wedding, which followed years of public rancour over their relationship, the portrait makes clear that they are very much a partnership of equals as they move, albeit reluctantly, ever closer to the throne.

But the survey, for the Mirror newspaper, finds more people are opposed to it than support it.

Royal officials have said that Camilla will be known as the "princess consort" when Charles become king rather than take the title of "queen consort".

"The Camilla question is a little different however, because technically, as Prince Charles" wife, she is also the "Princess of Wales".

Prince Charles and Camilla were officially photographed in public for the first time in 1999 after a party at The Ritz hotel.

The last official portrait of prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, which celebrates the 70's, the duchess of Cornwall, looks at a glance to Lady Diana.

Prince Charles with author Kathy Lette at a reception for Camilla's 70th birthday.

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