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How Camilla went from marriage wrecker to our future queen

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The Queen’s moving statement marks the culmination of the extraordinary relationship between Charles and Camilla.

After years of public ridicule and with the ghost of Diana forever on their shoulders, the royal couple have finally received the ultimate stamp of approval from the Queen herself.

It’s a remarkable rehabilitation for one that much of the public blamed for the end of a royal fairy tale. Far from being “the other woman”, Camilla has cemented her place within the royal family.

The Queen said she sincerely wished that when ‘in the fullness of time’ Charles becomes King, Camilla would be known as Queen Consort. “I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me,” she said, “as she (Camilla) continues her loyal service.”

It is indeed the praise of the 95-year-old monarch and the confirmation of a friendship between the two women that the world knows very little.

Camilla was once part of the inner circle of royalty as her former husband Andrew Parker Bowles’ father Derek was a close friend of the Queen Mother. They frequently stayed at Birkhall, the then Queen Mother’s Scottish retreat, where Camilla was treated by the royal matriarch as ‘one of us’.

Camilla could never have imagined, as she ate lunch in the cozy dining room, that one day this would also be her Scottish home. When she married Charles in 2005, she thought she would simply support the man she loved.

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