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Queen Camilla | Source: Getty Images
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Queen Camilla, 76, Sets Her Sights on Taking Over This Royal Role from King Charles

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jun 14, 2024
01:25 A.M.

While Queen Camilla manages her own royal responsibilities, she has shown a keen interest in taking on a specific royal duty. This revelation came after she took a break from her tasks to support her husband, King Charles III, amid his cancer diagnosis.

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At a recent visit to the Garden Museum in London, Queen Camilla hinted at her desire to take over King Charles III's role as patron of the museum. This marks her third visit to the museum.

Queen Camilla arrives and exchanges gestures with the staff at the Garden Museum, June 2024. | Source: YouTube

Queen Camilla arrives and exchanges gestures with the staff at the Garden Museum, June 2024. | Source: YouTube

The visit took place in London, where she praised its charm and significance and emphasized the importance of recognizing women's contributions to gardening.

"I know my husband is the patron but, um, I might have to nudge him," she joked. "I'd quite like to take that one away from him because it's such a special place that every time I'm asked, I just have to come back again."

Queen Camilla laughs as she jokes in a speech about taking King Charles III's role as patron of the Garden Museum, June 2024. | Source: YouTube

Queen Camilla laughs as she jokes in a speech about taking King Charles III's role as patron of the Garden Museum, June 2024. | Source: YouTube

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The Queen, wearing a navy blue outfit with a matching gray purse and heels, visited the museum's garden exhibition featuring notable female members of the Bloomsbury Set, including authors Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.

Queen Camilla with deputy Lord Lieutenant Jane Davis at The Garden Museum in London, England on June 12, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla with deputy Lord Lieutenant Jane Davis at The Garden Museum in London, England on June 12, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Camilla emphasized the importance of recognizing women gardeners, who she noted are often overshadowed by men. "This wonderful exhibition celebrating women in gardening is so important, and so beautifully curated by Claudia, and I know it attracts many many visitors I'm sure it's going to attract a lot more," she said.

Queen Camilla gestures to acknowledge women gardeners in her speech at The Garden Museum, June 12, 2024.| Source: YouTube

Queen Camilla gestures to acknowledge women gardeners in her speech at The Garden Museum, June 12, 2024.| Source: YouTube

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Continuing the theme of support for gardening, royal florist Shane Connolly praised the royal couple's involvement. He noted that it was "absolutely fantastic" that both Charles and Camilla are avid gardeners, providing exceptional support and engagement.

Queen Camilla and King Charles III planted a tree at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, to celebrate its 350th anniversary on October 1, 2021. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla and King Charles III planted a tree at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, to celebrate its 350th anniversary on October 1, 2021. | Source: Getty Images

Shane, who created the floral displays for the King''s Coronation and Charles and Camilla's 2005 wedding, said the royal couple believes gardening is for everyone and values its therapeutic benefits.

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Gardener and museum president Alan Titchmarsh echoed Shane's sentiment, expressing delight at the Queen's enthusiasm. "We would be very happy to have the Queen and the King as patron, either or both. We just love that she loves to come," he said.

Alan Titchmarsh speaks to Queen Camilla at the Gardening Bohemia exhibition at The Garden Museum in London, England on June 12, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Alan Titchmarsh speaks to Queen Camilla at the Gardening Bohemia exhibition at The Garden Museum in London, England on June 12, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Camilla's visit to the Garden Museum followed her appearance at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024 at Hampton Court Palace.

The crowd at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024. | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

The crowd at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024. | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

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Dressed in an all-black outfit, she joined actors like Helena Bonham Carter, authors, and members of the public. Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate literature and enjoy various activities.

Helena Bonham Carter at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024. | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Helena Bonham Carter at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024. | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Enjoying the festivities, Camilla interacted with the crowd, notably meeting and engaging with a little girl, showcasing her warm and approachable demeanor.

Queen Camilla warmly chats with a little girl at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024. | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Queen Camilla warmly chats with a little girl at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024. | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

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Visitors enjoyed a star-studded lineup of literary acts, sampled street food, explored the gardens of Hampton Court, and discovered new authors.

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Camilla's visits to the Garden Museum and The Queen’s Reading Room Festival marked her return to public engagements after taking a brief hiatus to be with her ailing husband and family.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Queen Camilla, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

In March, Camilla took a break from engagements to spend private time with the King and her family. She resumed on March 11, leading the royal family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

Britain's Queen Camilla, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Britain's Queen Camilla, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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The public was both worried about the King's health after his cancer diagnosis and relieved that Camilla would be able to rest for a while. "She deserves a break. She may need to spend more time with Charles," said a user.

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While some are happy for Camilla, others cannot stop thinking about the reasons for this sudden break. "Can't stop thinking is Charles's cancer more serious than we were told!" commented a user. "I would assume that the king has got way worse cancer than they say," said another.

Queen Camilla and King Charles III react as they watch their horse Saga run in one event at Royal Ascot 2023 in England on June 20, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla and King Charles III react as they watch their horse Saga run in one event at Royal Ascot 2023 in England on June 20, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

Despite facing the challenge of King Charles's cancer diagnosis, Camilla maintained her royal responsibilities. She showed her support for various causes, from the "500 Words" competition promoting children's literacy to diplomatic discussions with Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska.

Olena Zelenska and Queen Camilla meet at Clarence House in England on February 29, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Olena Zelenska and Queen Camilla meet at Clarence House in England on February 29, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

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As the Queen balanced her duties and carved out time for a break, King Charles received a wave of support. Over 7,000 letters and cards from around the world, including notes from children and cancer survivors, poured in. The palace and the King expressed gratitude for this comfort during a trying time.

Queen Camilla  and King Charles III wave as they depart the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London, England on April 30, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla and King Charles III wave as they depart the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London, England on April 30, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

"Such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement," said the King. The monarch admitted that the kind letters were overwhelming for him and "reduced him to tears most of the time."

Camilla not only supported her husband's speedy recovery but she also addressed Princess Catherine of Wales' cancer diagnosis.

Queen Camilla and Princess Catherine of Wales at the National Service of Remembrance in London, England on November 13, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla and Princess Catherine of Wales at the National Service of Remembrance in London, England on November 13, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

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At a recent public market appearance in Shrewsbury, Camilla interacted with royal fans and even took a keepsake from an interaction she had with two young girls.

As she strolled amongst the stalls, her presence ignited a fervor among those gathered, with fans eagerly holding up signs, their messages a blend of welcome and goodwill. The air buzzed with the sound of voices calling out to the Queen Consort as she wandered through the market.

Queen Camilla during her visit to the Farmers' Market on March 27, 2024 in Shrewsbury, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla during her visit to the Farmers' Market on March 27, 2024 in Shrewsbury, England | Source: Getty Images

Among the sea of signs and well-wishers, a particularly poignant moment unfolded as Camilla approached a group of young girls, their hands clasping signs that bore messages of love and support for Catherine, who has been battling cancer.

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Among them was a young girl, her sign simple yet powerful, reading, "Send our love to Kate." This touching display led Camilla to speak directly to the girls.

Queen Camilla holds a well-wishers' banner reading "Send our love to Kate" during her visit to the Farmers' Market in Shrewsbury, England on March 27, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla holds a well-wishers' banner reading "Send our love to Kate" during her visit to the Farmers' Market in Shrewsbury, England on March 27, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

The Queen Consort engaged with the group, ensuring that their heartfelt messages would reach Catherine. Camilla remarked that Catherine would be "thrilled" with the signs, a statement that not only acknowledged their efforts but also bridged the gap between the royal family and the public.

Queen Camilla during her visit to the Farmers' Market on March 27, 2024 in Shrewsbury, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla during her visit to the Farmers' Market on March 27, 2024 in Shrewsbury, England | Source: Getty Images

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Taking the signs from the group, she promised to deliver them to Catherine. The girls were sisters Lois, six, and Harriet, ten. The promise to transport their letters "carefully" for the Princess was made amidst apologies from Harriet about the cards' slightly creased condition, a result of the day's blustery wind.

"I'll take them carefully and will make sure she knows they're coming," Camilla responded, her voice carrying the weight of assurance and comfort.

Queen Camilla at the The Queen’s Reading Room event to mark World Poetry Day at Hillsborough Castle during day two of her visit to Northern Ireland on March 21, 2024 in Belfast, Northern Ireland | Source: Getty Images

Queen Camilla at the The Queen’s Reading Room event to mark World Poetry Day at Hillsborough Castle during day two of her visit to Northern Ireland on March 21, 2024 in Belfast, Northern Ireland | Source: Getty Images

Following this encounter, Harriet shared, "We heard the news and I wanted to hold the poster up to show my love to Kate." Lucy Waterston, the mother of the two girls, expressed her surprise and gratitude towards the Queen's gesture, highlighting the unexpected but cherished interaction.

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