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The sweet detail you missed in the Duchess of Cornwall’s office photo


After getting out of quarantine, Camilla has recently reunited with husband Prince Charles.

A photograph taken by Clarence House showing the Duchess of Cornwall in her Birkhall office showed sweet aspects of her personal life. The candid photo reveals the wife of Prince Charles seated on the phone behind her desk-but it is the things in the background that offer a true look into Camilla’s home life.


One really emotional change to her large bookcase is among the pictures and books – paper cut- royal family dolls! The figures show the Queen in between paper Princess Charlotte’s and Prince George (waving the UK flag), with Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Cambridge’s Duke and Duchess, and Prince Harry behind them.

Many keepsakes on the large bookcase contain family photographs of her children and grandchildren, and memories of her pets and horses. A sign that seems to say ‘Welcome to the Nut House’ alongside a image of a red squirrel can be seen in section. Lining the shelves are books by Harry Potter – undoubtedly a big favorite with her grandchildren-The Casual Vacancy novel by JK Rowling, books by Peter James, The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, a white cuddly rabbit, and a mug with a family photo on it.

Meanwhile things on Camilla’s desk include a greeting card written on the back with ‘Queen Bee’ and a vase full of fresh freesias. Empty shipping bags, as well as a wicker basket and a bag can be seen on the board.

Camilla, 72, just returned from her 14-day duration of solitude, following the rehabilitation from coronavirus by Prince Charles. The photograph reveals her on the line to Doris Winfield, an 85-year-old who had also recently been self-isolated. Though Ms Winfield has three daughters she talks to daily, she lives by herself and loses her friends and the active social life she used to enjoy.


Clarence House said the Duchess and Ms Winfield were talking about a variety of various issues, like how rough it was being away from the children, but being able to see them online helped a lot. Camilla said the worst thing about living in isolation was not being allowed to hug her grandchildren.

They also discussed how much they both enjoyed reading a good book, particularly Agatha Christie. Ms Winfield said the chat with Camilla “meant the world to me”, adding: “I’ve been incredibly lonely over the last couple of weeks and it was wonderful to talk to her. We talked about life in isolation and shared hobbies, she was very interested in my family and how I was coping without them. It’s really cheered me up.”

The Duchess of Cornwall is the president of the Royal Volunteer Service, and has appreciated the thousands of volunteers who would report on their obligation to support the NHS during the coronavirus epidemic.

More than 750,000 people have signed up to support the “volunteer army “— three times the initial target — to help transport medicines from hospitals, drive patients to clinics, get them home from hospital, make daily phone calls to update people who are isolated at home, and deliver medical supplies and NHS equipment.

EMBARGOED TO 2200 BST MONDAY APRIL 6. Handout picture of the Duchess of Cornwall (known as the Duchess of Rothesay while in Scotland) on the phone at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, after she came out of isolation. PA Photo.

“As the proud president of the Royal Voluntary Service, I wanted to send my warmest thanks to all the NHS volunteer responders who have come forward in unprecedented numbers to offer help to the NHS,” Camilla said. “Royal Voluntary Service has been working with the NHS to recruit people in England who can assist those who are most in need of practical and emotional support at this time. Thankfully, the charity has a long and remarkable history of bringing willing volunteers together with the isolated and lonely. That experience is needed more than ever in these challenging times.”

“And today many more NHS volunteer responders will get in touch with the people they have so kindly offered to help. Everyone working in the NHS is under unimaginable pressure day and night in this crisis. I feel sure that the presence of so many wonderful volunteers will encourage, as well as support, them. I salute each one of you – and thank you with all my heart.”

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