The queen consort will pay a televised tribute to the late queen, remembering her “wonderful blue eyes” and saying, “I will always remember her smile”.
Camilla, in pre-recorded words, will talk about how Queen Elizabeth II has carved out her role for many years in the “difficult position” of being a “lonely woman” in a world dominated by men.
“I don’t remember that there was anyone but the queen,” the queen consort would add, being among the majority of the nation for which, until now, the queen was the only British monarch they had ever known or could remember.
The queen consort’s tribute to her mother-in-law will air Sunday – on the eve of the queen’s state funeral – on the BBC, just before the national silence minute at 8pm.
Camilla will say: “It has always been part of our lives. I’m 75 now and I don’t remember anyone being there but Queen.
“It must have been so hard for her to be a lonely woman.
“There were no female prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one, so I think she has carved out her role as hers. “
Remembering the late monarch, Camilla will add: “She has those wonderful blue eyes, which when she smiles illuminate her whole face.
“I will always remember his smile. That smile is unforgettable ”.
Elizabeth II delivered a masterstroke on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022, when she approved the then Duchess of Cornwall to be known as Queen Consort when the time came.
The queen said it was her “sincere wish” and invited the audience to support both her daughter-in-law and Charles when he became king.
It was a shrewd move on the part of the monarch, in her twilight years, to put her affairs in order and ensure a smooth transition.
It ended years of debate over what Charles’s ex-lover Camilla would ultimately be called.
Camilla was accused of breaking up the prince’s marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, and, when news of their affair came to light, she faced vitriolic criticism.
But in the decades following the Welsh divorce, Diana’s untimely death in 1997, and Camilla’s acceptance into The Firm, public mood towards former Mrs. Parker Bowles has softened.
After her marriage to Charles in 2005, Camilla very gradually took on a prominent position within the royal family, including riding alongside the Queen in her 2012 Diamond Jubilee carriage procession.
She also began attending the inauguration of Parliament and was appointed as a Private Advisor in 2016 ahead of the Queen’s 90th official birthday.
Now her style is Her Majesty and she should be crowned Queen at the King’s coronation.