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Camilla recalls Queen’s ‘wonderful blue eyes’ and ‘unforgettable’ smile in touching TV tribute English Headline


CAMILLA last night recalled Her Majesty’s “wonderful blue eyes” and smile in a touching TV tribute.

The BBC programme, which aired on the eve of the Queen’s funeral, was recorded over the past three months.

Camilla recalled Her Majesty’s 'wonderful blue eyes' and smile in a touching TV tribute

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Camilla recalled Her Majesty’s ‘wonderful blue eyes’ and smile in a touching TV tributeCredit: Getty
Camilla declared: 'She has been part of our lives forever'

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Camilla declared: ‘She has been part of our lives forever’

In a series of interviews, Camilla declared: “She has been part of our lives forever. I’m 75 now and I can’t remember anybody except the Queen being there.”

The new Queen Consort also spoke of the monarch’s personality and the strains that she faced as a woman in a male-dominated world.

Camilla — who at the time was Duchess of Cornwall — said: “She’s got those wonderful blue eyes that when she smiles, you know, they light up her whole face.

“I’ll always remember that smile, you know, that smile is unforgettable.”

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She also said: “It must have been so difficult for her being a solitary woman, and there weren’t women prime ministers or women presidents, she was the only one. So I think she carved her own role.

“She made a rule that she had her private time and her private passions and then her public role and I think that is very important that the diary is planned out so you know when you’re on duty and when you’ve got to do things.

“Then when she went up to Scotland, that was the moment where it was her enjoyment.”

Camilla was at Balmoral when the Queen died as she was due on a royal visit to a cancer hospital.

In her interviews she added: “Although she was probably working, you know with her red boxes throughout, she could have her family to stay, she could do the things she loved.”

The Queen Consort also revealed she shared her mother-in-law’s love of horse racing.

Camilla said: “She was able to escape to Sandringham. She had the stud next door.

“She could go every day, see her foals, work out you know, the next meetings for the year.

“I think she always kept that as, you know, her private bit.

“You wouldn’t dare question her or argue with her on how horses are bred or how it ran because you’d get a very steely blue-eyed look back again.”

The Queen did not attend Camilla and Charles’s wedding in 2005 but gave a speech at their reception.

The Queen did not attend Camilla and Charles's wedding in 2005 but gave a speech at their reception

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The Queen did not attend Camilla and Charles’s wedding in 2005 but gave a speech at their receptionCredit: AP
The Queen annointed Camilla as Queen Consort in February as she marked 70 years on the throne

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The Queen annointed Camilla as Queen Consort in February as she marked 70 years on the throneCredit: AP

Camilla told the BBC: “I remember coming from Clarence House, to go to Windsor the day I got married when I probably wasn’t firing on all cylinders, quite nervous and, for some unknown reason I put on a pair of shoes and one had an inch heel and one had a two-inch heel.

“So, I mean talk about hop-a-long and there’s nothing I could do.

“I was halfway down in the car before I realised and you know, she could see and laughed about it and said, ‘look I’m terribly sorry’. She had a good sense of humour.

Camilla also told how she and the Queen had often undertaken joint engagements in recent years.

She added: “I’ve taken her to some of my charities and to the Ebony Horse Club and to the Medical Detection Dogs and she loved both of them you know.

“It was genuine enjoyment and she asked lots of questions and it was very nice to take her to things which I knew she would enjoy.”

The Queen anointed Camilla as Queen Consort in February as she marked 70 years on the throne.

It was a U-turn on a ruling that she was to be Princess Consort when Charles became King.

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Sources say the Queen wanted to recognise Camilla’s hard work and happiness she has given her son.

The interview was screened on BBC One last night following a worldwide period of silence and reflection at 8pm.

Sources say the Queen wanted to recognise Camilla’s hard work and happiness she has given her son

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Sources say the Queen wanted to recognise Camilla’s hard work and happiness she has given her sonCredit: Getty Images – Getty





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