Camilla is elegant at Ascot as she’s set to ‘take over Queen’s racing interests’
Camilla, Queen Consort and wife of King Charles III, was seen attending Ascot on Saturday, 15 October, and the event was one of the favourites of the late Queen Elizabeth.
Camilla, 75, looked regal as she made an appearance at the British Champions Day at Ascot, wearing a navy blue coat-dress with white lapels.
She wore a coordinating hat and a massive smile on her face as she arrived for the QIPCO British Champions Day – although her husband Charles, 73, was not seen with her.
The late Queen Elizabeth II was known to be a big fan of horses and racing, and she was often seen attending events at Ascot.
The Queen passed away aged 96 on Thursday, 8 September, whilst at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Now, Camilla is said to be pipped to "take over the reins" of the favourite interest of the fomrer Monarch – racing.
A source told the Mail on Sunday: “I think now it will be Camilla – she will be the figurehead. The plan has always been that Charles and Camilla would take on the legacy.
“Camilla obviously adores horses and is hugely passionate about racing. She really loves it, particularly Cheltenham – the jumps. I think there’s a pretty clear plan, given the Queen’s passion and love for racehorses.”
Camilla and the Queen shared a close bond in their latter years, and the Queen made an unprecedented announcement in February, just seven months before she died, as she made it her wish for Camilla to become Queen Consort when King Charles ascended the throne.
She said in a statement: “I would like to express my thanks to you all [the public] for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.
"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."
Camilla said it was a "great honour" to be given the title of Queen Consort, as she said that she hoped the role will enable her to highlight the work she does for a number of causes she supports.
Speaking to Emma Barnett at Clarence House for Woman’s Hour and BBC Breakfast, she said: “Of course it’s a great honour [becoming Queen Consort], it couldn’t be anything else. But it does help it.”
Camilla took part in the interview alongside Diana Parkes, whose daughter Joanna Simpson was killed by her estranged husband in 2010.
She went on: “You know if I start something like this, I'm not going to give up mid-channel, I'm just going to keep going to try and help the likes of people like Diana."
Camilla has steadfastly been by her husband of 17 years, Charles' side as he has navigated his new role as King of England, following the death of his beloved mother.
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