An official photo has been released to mark the Duchess of Cornwall’s 75th birthday.
Camilla is pictured relaxed and smiling in the image released for her milestone birthday which she celebrates on Sunday, following a busy week for the royal.
In the image, the future queen consort is seated at a garden table with flowers and plants in the background and a teacup and saucer in front of her and a bowl of peaches.
The Duchess guest-edited the latest edition of Country Life magazine and her son, food writer Tom Parker Bowles, wrote a hymn to the fruit, the key ingredient in one of his mother’s favorite desserts, peach melba.
Mr. Parker Bowles writes: “My mother is a fan of ice peaches (the subject of this month’s column was largely her idea) and they certainly don’t want to attract attention.
The photo was taken last month in the gardens of Raymill, Camilla’s retreat in Lacock, Wiltshire, where the peaches pictured were grown.
She bought the six-bedroom property, 27km from the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove home, after her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid-1990s.
The Duchess wears a blue floral dress by Sophie Dundas in the photo taken by Getty Images.
His 75th birthday will be celebrated on Sunday with a small family dinner, Clarence House said.
It is likely that Charles will host the evening and guests are likely to dine at Highgrove.
Camilla’s daughter Laura Lopes and son are expected with her younger sister Annabel Elliot, who featured in an ITV documentary following Camilla as she took the reins of the magazine.
The programme, which was shown this week, revealed that Camilla had buried a young Annabel’s beloved teddy bear, known as Tiddy Bar, in the grounds of their grandparents’ house and did not confess until years later.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the Duchess revealed she embraced the social media world of TikTok thanks to her grandchildren – while Charles reads to youngsters and puts on all the vocals.
Camilla laments that family meals are a thing of the past and everyone is now on “their devices”.
Speaking to the newspaper, the Duchess said: ‘Families don’t sit down anymore, do they, and have dinner.
“Because I’m old, in the past we all sat down (to eat). Now everyone is on their devices. It makes me quite angry.