The Queen Consort is to pay tribute to the late Queen on television, remembering her “beautiful blue eyes” and saying: “I will always remember her smile”.
Camilla will speak in pre-recorded words about how Queen Elizabeth II has carved out her role over the years in the “difficult position” of being a “lone woman” in a male-dominated world.
“I don’t remember anyone being there but the Queen,” adds the Queen Consort, to the majority of a nation for whom the Queen was until now the only British monarch they had ever known or could remember.
A tribute to her mother-in-law is scheduled to be broadcast on the BBC on Sunday – the eve of the Queen’s state funeral – shortly before the national moment of silence at 8pm.
Camilla will say: “She has been a part of our lives forever. I am now 75 years old and I don’t remember anyone being there but the Queen.
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“It must have been so hard for her to be a single woman.
“There were no women prime ministers and presidents. She was the only one, so I think she carved her own part.”
Remembering the late monarch, Camilla added: “She has beautiful blue eyes, when she smiles they light up her whole face.
“I will always remember her smile. That smile is unforgettable.”
Ahead of her platinum jubilee in February 2022, Elizabeth II pulled off a masterstroke when she approved the then-Duchess of Cornwall to be named Queen Consort when the time comes.
The Queen said it was her “sincere wish” and urged the public to support her daughter-in-law and Charles as he becomes king.
It was a shrewd move by a monarch in her mid-teens to get her affairs in order and ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
This ended years of controversy over what Camilla, Charles’ former lover, would eventually be called.
Camilla was blamed for the break-up of the prince’s marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, and faced fierce criticism when news of their affair first broke.
But in the decades since the Welsh family’s divorce, Diana’s untimely death in 1997 and Camilla’s acceptance into The Firm, public sentiment towards the former Mrs Parker Bowles has softened.
After her wedding to Charles in 2005, Camilla gradually assumed a more prominent position in the royal family, including riding alongside the Queen in her carriage for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
She also began attending the State Opening of Parliament and was made a Privy Councilor in 2016 ahead of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.
She is now styled Her Majesty and is expected to be crowned Queen at the Royal Coronation.