The Duchess of Cornwall will turn 75 on Sunday – and a new official photo has been released to mark the event.
Camilla is seen smiling and wearing a blue Sophie Dundas floral dress in the photo, in which she is sitting at a garden table with flowers, plants, some peaches, and – most importantly – a cuppa.
The peach bowl is significant, as her son – food writer Tom Parker Bowles – wrote an ode to the fruit in Country Life magazine.
The Duchess gave the guest editorial the latest issue, which revealed one of her favorite desserts: peach melba.
A column written by her son read: “My mother is a big white peach grower (this month’s topic is her idea a lot) and they definitely don’t want to draw attention.”
The peaches were grown in the place where Camilla’s new photo was taken – the gardens of her Raymill country resort in Lacock, Wiltshire, about 17 miles from the Prince of Wales’s Highgrove home.
She purchased the six-bedroom property after her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid-1990s.
Highgrove could be the setting of what Clarence House says will be a small family dinner to celebrate Camilla’s birthday.
Camilla’s daughter Laura Lopes and son are expected to attend, along with sister Annabel Elliot, who appeared in an ITV documentary after Camilla when she edited Country Life.
The show aired this week and revealed Camilla buried Annabel’s beloved teddy bear, Tiddy Bar, on the grounds of their grandparents’ home, only to be confessed to years later.
In another development, the duchess used an interview with the Daily Mail to reveal her grandchildren introduced her to TikTok, although apparently to lament people’s growing obsession. about “their device”.
“Families are no longer sitting together, and having dinner,” she told the newspaper.
“Because I’m ancient, in the old days we all sat down (to eat). Now everyone’s on their devices. That just makes me pretty squishy.”