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Camilla at 65: The royal family's secret asset

16 JULY 2012

On July 17, the Duchess of Cornwall turns 65 years young.

A Clarence House spokesman told HELLO! the royal would be spending the day "privately with no particular plans".

So while Prince Charles and his Duchess mark the landmark birthday behind closed doors, royal watchers will celebrate the date at a time when Camilla's public persona is in its prime.

 

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It wasn't always like this. She has overcome reservations about her role in the royal family to become a familiar, fun-loving member of the monarchy whose engagements guarantee smiles and good feeling.

That accessibility is equally valued within the clan, where she has carved out a role as mentor to the other Windsor wives – particularly to the Duchess of Cambridge, for whom she is an endless source of support.

This year has been a bumper one for royal celebrations, and in this special HELLO! Online report, we extend the party with a tribute to Camilla as she turn 65.

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