The Duchess of Cornwall Makes First Public Appearance Since The Queen Backed Her To Be Queen Consort

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The Duchess of Cornwall Makes First Public Appearance Since The Queen Backed Her To Be Queen Consort

The Duchess of Cornwall made her first public appearance on
Tuesday since 
the Queen outlined her wishes for her
daughter-in-law to be 
known as Queen Consort in the future.

Camilla, 74, visited Roundhill Primary School in Bath in her role as
patron of St John’s Foundation, a local charity committed to changing lives for
good.

The Duchess, who is passionate about encouraging a love of reading and
writing from an early age, joined three-year-olds in a Language for Life class
in the Sunbeams early years’ room, and ten-year-olds from the Eco Team for a
tree planting for the Queen’s Green Canopy.

She was also chatted to youngsters making fruit smoothies,
visited a reading group and dropped in on Laurel’s Class during maths. Union
Jack flags adorned the fence as Camilla was greeted by crowds of excited
schoolchildren at the gates. The Duchess looked elegant in a tartan skirt
suit and a cream blouse. 

Before leaving, Camilla watched in the main hall a short performance of We
Are Proud of Our School, a new song the children learned for her visit. To
mark the occasion, she planted a silver birch tree for the Queen’s Green Canopy
and unveiled a plaque commemorating the day.

She said: “Before I go can I say thank you to you all for asking me
to come to your lovely school. It’s a real treat to come here and it’s always a
pleasure to come back to Bath, which is my home city. I have been so impressed
by everything I have seen, and I never have enough time to see all that there
is to see. I loved listening to you, I loved seeing your library and watching
you do your numeracy – I didn’t understand a word of it. One day I hope I shall
be back again when I’m even older than I am now and to see that tree looking a
bit bigger.”

The Duchess of Cornwall Makes First Public Appearance Since The Queen Backed Her To Be Queen Consort

Camilla planted a tree for the Queen’s Green Canopy

On her next stop of the day in Bath, the Duchess praised the
founders and staff of a domestic abuse charity, saying they are a
“lifeline” for survivors.

And after speaking to two women supported by the survivor-led organization Voices,
Camilla said: “You should be very proud. I’ve been speaking to a
couple of ladies who wouldn’t have survived without you. You are literally
their lifeline.”

Founded in 2014 by a group of women with lived experience of domestic
abuse, Voices offers holistic, early help and recovery work with affected women
and their families and provides a platform for those impacted by domestic abuse
to influence policy and provision of services.

The charity also trains professionals and services while working to
raise awareness of the problem of domestic abuse.

The Duchess of Cornwall Makes First Public Appearance Since The Queen Backed Her To Be Queen Consort

The Duchess praised the work of Voices charity in Bath

The Duchess, who has tirelessly advocated for domestic abuse survivors
over the years, was shown the charity’s safe support spaces and met the
founders, trustees and staff before chatting to some of VOICE’s long-term
clients in a private room.

Then, in an unscripted speech, as she unveiled a plaque to commemorate
her visit, she said: “I’d like to thank you all for all you are doing for
people who are suffering domestic abuse. As you can imagine I’ve been around a
few centres, a few safe houses and you always get the same feedback from
them. Women, and sometimes men I talk to too, they all say you are their
lifelines. That they could not exist without all your help, all your therapy
and the legal help you give them.”

Camilla went on: “This probably wouldn’t have happened 20 or 30
years ago but it luckily is happening more and more now. More and more women
are able to come forward and tell their stories, which [means] we are making a
breakthrough. It’s going to take a long time but it is no longer a taboo
subject. We’ve got to get out there and get it out to the general public,
because a lot of people, including myself at the beginning, do not know enough
about it.”

She told the staff: “All of you do a fantastic job. Onwards and
upwards.”

Voices operate with support from another charity, St John’s, of which
the Duchess is patron, as well as the National Lottery.

Camilla’s visit to Bath comes after the Queen backed her
daughter-in-law to become Queen Consort when the Prince of Wales becomes King.

In a statement to mark her Platinum Jubilee on Sunday, Her Majesty
said: “And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes
King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you
have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla
will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

The Duchess of Cornwall Makes First Public Appearance Since The Queen Backed Her To Be Queen Consort

The Duchess was greeted by pupils at the school on arrival

Until now, the Duchess of Cornwall was expected to be styled Princess
Consort when her husband ascends the throne, a decision announced when the
couple married in 2005. The lesser title reflects a sensitivity towards public
opinion, which was negative towards Camilla in the aftermath of the breakdown
of the Prince’s marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales.

But in the years since then, the Duchess has weathered the storm and
worked hard to earn widespread respect and admiration for her charitable work
and loyalty to the royal family.

The Duchess of Cornwall Makes First Public Appearance Since The Queen Backed Her To Be Queen Consort

The Duchess joined a number of classes during her visit to the school

Prince Charles also paid tribute to his mother and wife in his own
statement, saying: “On this historic day, my wife and I join you all in
congratulating Her Majesty The Queen on the remarkable achievement of serving
this nation, the Realms and Commonwealth for seventy years.

“The Queen’s devotion to the welfare of all her people inspires
still greater admiration with each passing year. We are deeply conscious of the
honour represented by my mother’s wish. As we have sought together to serve and
support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been
my own steadfast support throughout.”

 

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