When it comes to royal style, The Duchess of Cornwall is setting her own rules. Camilla stepped out with Prince Charles for a ceremonial event at Buckingham Palace on Thursday and stood out from the crowd in her favourite pearl necklace and knee-high suede boots.
She and Charles presented The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education to a number of worthy recipients. The ceremony, which took place at Buckingham Palace, celebrated 21 UK universities and colleges who have been awarded prizes recognising a wide range of innovative work.
After the ceremony, the royal couple met representatives from each university and college in The Picture Gallery. Camilla was pictured happily chatting among the crowd, making light of a royal’s need to maintain a steady stream of small talk.
Despite being on her feet all afternoon in high heels, it didn’t appear to put a dampener on her mood. While other high-ranking royal women, such as The Queen and The Duchess of Cambridge, favour more prim and traditional outfits, Camilla has made it her business to keep things a little edgier in her own closet.
She’s often pictured in flowing scarves, bright tartans and stunning jewels. She’ll no doubt be bringing plenty of that style with her to Australia in April when she accompanies Charles to the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Clarence House confirmed The Duchess would join Charles for the festivities, with the loved-up couple beginning their journey in the Queensland city of Brisbane.
“The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia, beginning their engagements in Brisbane on 4th April,” the statement read. “His Royal Highness, accompanied by The Duchess, will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.”
While the future king is set to tour the Northern Territory and other parts of Queensland during the visit, Camilla will cut her stay short and head home earlier on her own.
The statement continued: “Their Royal Highness will visit Brisbane and the Gold Coast together from 4th – 6th of April; before His Royal Highness continues his visit to Queensland and the Northern Territory, concluding on Tuesday 10th April.”
These Games will be quite significant for the royal family, given that Prince Charles is stepping up and representing his mother at the sporting event. He’s also been increasing his workload since Prince Philip stepped down from all his royal engagements in 2017, following his retirement.