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A kiss for Camilla from the Queen

March 1, 2006
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With her warm, down-to-earth nature and sterling support of her husband's role, the Duchess of Cornwall has won praise from royal watchers since stepping onto the public stage last year. And yesterday, by accepting a kiss from Camilla, the Queen gave the clearest sign yet she's welcomed her daughter-in-law into the fold as a senior royal and an integral part of the Windsor family.

The affectionate exchange came as the royal ladies were in Wales to inaugurate a new Welsh National Assembly building.They were accompanied at the Saint David's Day opening of the £67 million Senedd by Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh.

When the two couples met at Cardiff Airport, Camilla, elegant in a powder-blue coat and hat, curtseyed and waited for a sign from the Queen, who proffered her cheek warmly. The family scene was completed when Prince Philip also gave his son a peck.

"Regardless of the trials and tribulations of the past, the Queen has accepted the Duchess and is happy for her to take her place at the Prince's side," said an insider.

Meanwhile the rest of Britain is also getting ready to mark the Queen's 80th birthday, and an official website has been launched featuring 160 cherished photos of the royal family. Providing a rare glimpse into the monarch's life, the site also includes her birth certificate and a letter she wrote as a child thanking her grandmother, Queen Mary, for a birthday gift.

"Darling Granny, Thank you very much for the lovely doll's house," it reads. "I do love it. Love from Lilibet xxx."

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The royal party were in Wales for the Saint David's Day opening of the principality's new National Assembly buildingPhoto: © EMPICSy
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Queen Elizabeth shares a word with the Presiding Officer of the Welsh Assembly, Lord Dafydd Ellis ThomasPhoto: © EMPICS

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