Queen Camilla has always been dedicated to her royal duties, but recently she has shown a particular interest in taking on a new responsibility. This became evident during her break from official engagements to support her husband, King Charles III, after his cancer diagnosis.

During a visit to the Garden Museum in London, Camilla expressed her desire to become the museum’s patron, a role currently held by King Charles III. This was her third visit to the museum, highlighting her growing attachment to the place.

Queen Camilla arrives and exchanges gestures with the staff at the Garden Museum, June 2024. | Source: YouTube

A Warm Welcome at the Garden Museum

Queen Camilla was warmly received at the Garden Museum, where she praised its charm and significance. She emphasized the importance of recognizing the contributions of women in gardening. “I know my husband is the patron, but I might have to nudge him,” she joked. “This place is so special that I can’t help but come back.”

Queen Camilla laughs as she jokes in a speech about taking King Charles III's role as patron of the Garden Museum, June 2024. | Source: YouTube

Dressed in a stylish navy blue outfit, Camilla visited the museum’s garden exhibition, which featured notable female members of the Bloomsbury Set, including Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.

Celebrating Women in Gardening

Camilla stressed the importance of acknowledging women gardeners, who are often overshadowed by men. “This wonderful exhibition celebrating women in gardening is crucial and beautifully curated. It attracts many visitors, and I’m sure it will continue to do so,” she said.

Queen Camilla with deputy Lord Lieutenant Jane Davis at The Garden Museum in London, England on June 12, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Royal florist Shane Connolly praised the royal couple’s involvement in gardening, noting their exceptional support and engagement. Shane, who created the floral displays for the King’s Coronation and their 2005 wedding, highlighted the therapeutic benefits of gardening, which both Charles and Camilla deeply value.

Queen Camilla gestures to acknowledge women gardeners in her speech at The Garden Museum, June 12, 2024.| Source: YouTube

Gardener and museum president Alan Titchmarsh echoed this sentiment, expressing delight at Camilla’s enthusiasm. “We would be very happy to have both the Queen and the King as patrons. We love that she enjoys coming here,” he said.

A Busy Schedule

Camilla’s visit to the Garden Museum followed her appearance at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024 at Hampton Court Palace. Dressed in black, she joined actors like Helena Bonham Carter, authors, and members of the public to celebrate literature.

The crowd at The Queen’s Reading Room Festival 2024. | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

During the festival, Camilla interacted with the crowd, engaging warmly with a little girl and showcasing her approachable demeanor. The event featured a star-studded lineup, street food, and the beautiful gardens of Hampton Court, delighting the many visitors.

Supporting King Charles III

In March, Camilla took a break from public engagements to spend private time with King Charles and her family. She resumed her duties on March 11, leading the royal family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

The public was both concerned about the King’s health and relieved that Camilla would have time to rest. “She deserves a break. She needs to spend more time with Charles,” said one observer. Others speculated about the severity of the King’s cancer, expressing worry and hope for his recovery.

Balancing Duties and Family

Despite the challenges posed by King Charles’s diagnosis, Camilla continued to fulfill her royal responsibilities. She supported various causes, from promoting children’s literacy through the “500 Words” competition to engaging in diplomatic discussions with Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska.

Queen Camilla and King Charles III react as they watch their horse Saga run in one event at Royal Ascot 2023 in England on June 20, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

Amid these activities, King Charles received a wave of support, with over 7,000 letters and cards pouring in from around the world, including from children and cancer survivors. The palace expressed deep gratitude for this support, noting that it provided great comfort during a difficult time.

A Touching Encounter in Shrewsbury

Queen Camilla and King Charles III wave as they depart the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London, England on April 30, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

During a visit to a public market in Shrewsbury, Camilla interacted with royal fans and took a keepsake from two young girls who held signs expressing love and support for Princess Catherine of Wales, who is also battling cancer.

Among the gathered crowd, Camilla approached the girls, acknowledging their messages of love for Catherine. She promised to deliver their signs, showing a heartfelt connection between the royal family and the public. The girls, Lois, six, and Harriet, ten, were delighted by this personal gesture.

Looking Ahead

Queen Camilla holds a well-wishers' banner reading "Send our love to Kate" during her visit to the Farmers' Market in Shrewsbury, England on March 27, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

As Camilla continues to support her husband and fulfill her royal duties, she remains a source of strength and inspiration. Her dedication to her family and her public responsibilities has garnered admiration and gratitude from the public.

Queen Camilla’s journey through these challenging times has highlighted the importance of trust, support, and resilience. Her warm interactions and heartfelt gestures have brought comfort to many, reinforcing her role as a beloved member of the royal family.

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