Beyond the Garter: the other decorations that reflect Queen Elizabeth’s trust in Camilla Parker Bowles

Camilla Parker Bowles

For some years, Camilla Parker Bowles has managed to stabilize its position within the framework of ‘The Firm’. The Duchess of Cornwall has not had an easy path, with the shadow of Lady Diana always on top and the constant accusations of having been the cause of the failure of the marriage between the princes of Wales. However, the reality is that the love – a furtive time – between the heir to the Crown and Camilla has turned out to be something against which it was impossible to fight.

Despite a difficult start marked by controversy, to this day, Camilla Parker is a great asset to the institution. Discreet and always in her place, the Duchess of Cornwall knows perfectly how to behave at all times and has managed to win the respect and affection not only of the family, but also of the British. Regardless of the doubts that arise about the title that will be adopted at the time in which Charles of England be crowned king, the truth is that his performance could not be more impeccable. So much so that he has also won the love of the Queen, who at first did not see favorably the relationship of her eldest son with Camilla.

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The Duchess of Cornwall in a file image / Gtres

Proof of this is the recent distinction that the monarch has granted him. Just a few days ago, shortly before the end of the year, Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty had decided to appoint her daughter-in-law Lady of the Order of the Garter. This order, founded by Edward III in 1348, is the highest ranking and most prestigious order in the British honors system – on the same level as the Golden Fleece– and the monarch does not require the Prime Minister’s suggestion to grant it. It is a recognition that other members of the House of Windsor have, such as Prince Charles, the Earl of Wessex, the princess ana and the Duke of Cambridge -not Prince Harry-, in addition to other international figures such as the King William of Holland of Felipe VI.

Felipe VI, invested Knight of the Garter / Gtres

This recognition is an irrefutable proof of Queen Elizabeth’s trust in Camilla Parker, in a critical moment for the Crown. After one of the most difficult years for Queen Elizabeth due to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh and other concerns that have taken a toll on the image of the institution, much has been said about the possibility that the monarch gives way to the new generations. Something unlikely due to his steadfast commitment to his role, although it should not be forgotten that he has had some health ailments, who is about to reach the age of ninety-six and who will soon celebrate his Platinum Jubilee. Factors, all of them, that suggest that the possibility of relief in his eldest son – or even in his grandson, the Prince Guillermo according to some-, it is presented as more than feasible.

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Camilla Parker at an event in Windsor / Gtres

The low profile that has kept Camilla Parker Since her wedding to the heir in 2005, she has contributed to a revaluation of her image and has been able to win the sympathy of many. Gone is her role as ‘bad guy’, who haunted her for so long, although from time to time some voices are raised that recall her furtive love story with Charles of England that caused Diana so much trouble.

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The Duchess with some of her decorations / Gtres

It is not the first time that Camilla has received recognition from the Queen. In 2007 he became a member of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth. Later, in 2012, the Duchess of Cornwall received a double recognition: the Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal – it is expected that it will be distinguished again in the next Jubilee – and was named Grand Cross Lady of the Royal Victorian Order, a distinction that, like the Royal Family Order of the Queen Elizabeth, she also has Kate Middleton.

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