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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and her husband Prince Charles returned from a three-day tour of the South West on Wednesday. The couple traveled to the seaside county of Cornwall for a whirlwind trip where they met locals, visited small businesses and stopped at top attractions. Cornwall is famous for giving its name to the couple’s royal titles, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, a nickname Charles has held since 1973 and Camilla received when she married into the Royal Family in 2005.

The Duchess of Cornwall had arguably her most significant year in the royal fold so far this year.

In February, Queen Elizabeth II expressed her “sincere wish” for Camilla to become queen consort once the Prince of Wales takes the throne, showing not only her support for her daughter-in-law, but also how far the Duchess has come since she was introduced to the world as Charles’s mistress.

More recently, Camilla was the center of attention from royal watchers as she marked a milestone.

The Duchess celebrated her 75th birthday over the weekend and did so with a host of royal engagements and exciting projects – one of which was the guest edition of a special issue of Country Life.

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Camilla called Philip a “role model” as the Duchess wants to emulate her as Queen. (Image: Getty Images)

Camilla and Charles

Camilla and Charles embarked on a tour of the South West this week. (Image: Getty Images)

Camilla showed off her editorial prowess by handpicking creative contributors – including Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who was the talent behind the camera for the cover photo – commissioning pieces and even writing her own articles.

As part of a joint deal with Country Life, Juliet Rieden, editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly, sat down with the Duchess to discuss everything from her childhood in East Sussex to her future as a queen consort.

During the interview, Camilla also opened up about her relationship with her late father-in-law, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.

She said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has always been very supportive.

Camilla, Charles, Queen and Philip

Camilla described the Queen and Philip as “remarkable” at a birthday lunch last week. (Image: Getty Images)

“He was a role model for me and a really good person to ask for advice because he always told me what he was thinking.”

Some royal commentators have since claimed the Duchess plans to follow in the Duke’s footsteps, but one expert has argued she is already imitating Philip.

Dr Robert Morris from the Constitution Unit at University College London told Express.co.uk that Camilla is “doing a good job” of carrying on her father-in-law’s legacy.

When asked how the Duchess would follow in the Queen’s wife’s footsteps, Dr Morris replied: ‘Well I think she is already doing a good job.

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Camilla and Prince Philip

Camilla will serve as Charles’ wife, as Philip did for the Queen for 70 years. (Image: Getty Images)

“She certainly – and quietly – put it back in and I think that was greatly appreciated.”

Following the Queen’s confirmation of her desire for Camilla to become Queen Consort, it has been reported that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be crowned side by side.

Unlike, Philip was not crowned at his wife Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation ceremony in 1953. However, in 1957 the Queen made him the official Prince of the United Kingdom, which she declared in new letters patent.

Dr Morris, a constitutional expert, said the coronation would likely take place at Westminster Abbey, but would be on a smaller scale than the Queen’s.

He added: “The law is quite clear, it [Camilla] will become queen and she will be anointed in a coronation ceremony – less lavish than her husband – but anointed nonetheless.

The Queen and Prince Philip after the coronation

The Queen and Prince Philip after the monarch’s coronation in 1953. (Image: Getty Images)

“And the Queen made it explicit. The reaction, so far, does not seem unfavorable and Camilla has become more accepted by the population. Who would want to kick an old couple the moment they make it?

“It looks like they’re going to be accepted without any real difficulty.”

While polls have shown public opinion in the UK remains largely divided over Camilla being called queen, the lack of backlash once her royal future has been sealed by the current monarch has proven that the question mark on the Duchess’s head is no longer.

Public opinion of the Duchess has come a long way since she entered the royal scene; Unlike the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, when Camilla’s appearance in the royal box behind Prince Charles was noticed, by the time the Platinum Jubilee came around two decades later, she was on stage with ease by his side as his wife and future queen consort.

Her prominence has risen steadily in recent months, with the Duchess making her first appearance as Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter in June and standing alongside her husband and nephew as they represented the Queen at the official opening of Parliament in May for the first time.

Official opening of Parliament

Camilla joined Charles and William at the official opening of Parliament this year. (Image: Getty Images)

Camilla is by no means the most popular member of the royal family, but she has certainly come a long way before being described as ‘Britain’s most hated woman’.

It seems she has been widely accepted as a future queen consort, and when she takes on her new role, Camilla hopes to keep some of the spirit of her predecessor alive.

Speaking at a lunch to celebrate her 75th birthday hosted by The Oldie magazine, the Duchess said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s philosophy was clear: ‘Look up and pay attention, say less, do more – and keep up the work” – and that is exactly what I intend to do.

Rebecca R. Santistevan