Camilla pays tribute to Queen in TV speech |
“I will always remember her smile”
King’s wife Camilla (75) paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II († 96) in moving words…
“She was always a part of our lives. I’m 75 now and the Queen has always been there,” Camilla said in pre-recorded video aired on the BBC on Sunday night.
For the king consort, Elizabeth was a champion after her coronation in 1953. “It must have been difficult for her as a woman. There were no female prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one, so I think she formed her own role.
Then Camilla dedicated a few personal words to her mother-in-law: “She has these wonderful blue eyes. When she smiles, they light up her whole face. I will always remember her smile. That smile is unforgettable.”
A two-minute silence was held for the Queen in Britain immediately after Camilla’s speech.
Camilla was a hate figure for the British public for many years. She had an affair with Charles (73) while he was married to the popular Princess Diana († 36). The scorn and ridicule didn’t stop when Charles and Camilla married in 2005 either. The Queen, however, stood by Camilla. Elizabeth paid her one last great honor that summer when she decreed that Camilla should become king’s consort upon her husband’s accession to the throne.
In this role, Camilla attends a grand state dinner for the Queen on Sunday night. 500 guests from all over the world dine at Buckingham Palace in London. In addition to numerous kings, the guests included US President Joe Biden (79) and French President Emmanuel Macron (44) as well as Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66). However, despots such as Saudi Arabia’s horror Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman (37) and China’s Vice President Wang Qishan (74) also take part in the meal.
Queen Elizabeth will be buried at Windsor Castle on Monday after a service at Westminster Abbey. (nko)