Queen Camilla has been labeled a “modern monarch” for her relentless handling of taboo subjects.
The 76-year-old, who celebrates her birthday today, has been hailed for her willingness to address issues that past royals avoided.
Jennie Bond, a royal expert, and former BBC royal correspondent, has spoken out about the Queen ahead of her birthday today.
Ms. Bond commended the Queen, saying she “gradually embraced” and raised awareness of issues like domestic abuse.
Queen Camilla, who married then-Prince Charles in 2005, went through some “difficult decades” before taking on the role of Queen.
“She’s a country woman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and now at a point in her life where most people are enjoying the peace and freedom of later life, she’s the Queen, with all the attention and responsibilities that come with the role,” Ms. Bond explained.
“Camilla has never had a career, a profession, indeed even a job,” she noted.
“So to come to this extremely big role so late in life must’ve been a shock to the system.”
“However,” the royal expert went on, “she has gradually embraced several causes dear to her heart, some of them quite sensitive and difficult.”
Ms. Bond stated that the Queen is “really enjoying new aspects of her work” because of her newfound “confidence” in public speaking.
Ms. Bond recalls one of Camilla’s first public speaking appearances while reflecting on her work for her highly successful online reading room and literacy festival.
“I always remember her telling me how when she made one of her very first public speeches – about osteoporosis – she looked up and saw me in the audience and felt reassured to see a familiar face,” she explained.
Ms. Bond went on to commend the Queen’s “resilience” in overcoming recent royal disputes.
“I admire her resilience in the face of so much criticism, in particular the latest vitriol from [Prince] Harry in his memoir Spare,” she continued.
“Her friends say she has chosen to rise above it, let it go, and move on, which can’t be easy.”
“But she’s that sort of woman,” Bond says, adding that friends say she’ll “do the best job she can” as Queen.