The Kensington Palace Twitter account this morning shared a sweet photograph of Camilla and Prince Charles as they attended a lavish 280-guest soirée raising funds for a conservation charity founded by Camilla’s late brother Mark Shand on Wednesday.
Alongside the snap, the caption read: ‘Wishing The Duchess of Cornwall a very happy birthday today!’ followed by a balloon emoji.
The photograph was taken earlier this week when Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, stepped out at the ‘A Starry Night In The Nilgiri Hills’ hosted by the Elephant Family at Lancaster House in London.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge host a Christmas party for families of military personnel deployed in Cyprus at Kensington Palace on December 4, 2018 in London
The Duchess of Cornwall attends the ‘A Starry Night In The Nilgiri Hills’ event hosted by the Elephant Family wildlife conservation charity at Lancaster House in London on July 14 2021
Alongside the snap, the caption read: ‘Wishing The Duchess of Cornwall a very happy birthday today!’ followed by a balloon emoji (pictured)
At the event, the heir to the throne warned that the ‘increasing overlap’ of the human and animal worlds is in part responsible for the rise of ‘deadly zoonotic diseases’ like coronavirus.
Watched by his wife, Prince Charles said: ‘The last year has shown us more than ever the importance of dealing with issues like this.’
Camilla looked effortlessly elegant in a pale green Anna Valentine three quarter-length tunic and trousers for the occasion, which included a performance from Katherine Jenkins.
The royal accessorised with a woven clutch bag and added a touch more glam with some drop earrings featuring large stones, before completing the look with gold court heels.
It wasn’t long before Camilla was inundated with birthday wellwishes from royal fans across the globe
The duchess was inundated with wellwishes from royal fans across the globe on social media today.
‘Wishing the Duchess of Cornwall a very Happy Birthday and all the best,’ wrote one,’ while a second penned: ‘Happy birthday your royal highness…I hope you have a truly wonderful day.’
Last year, Camilla, who has been married to the Prince of Wales for 16 years, spent her birthday with her family at Raymill, her private Wiltshire home.
Meanwhile, on the day before her 73rd birthday, she paid tribute to the Chelsea Pensioners who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic on a visit to their London home.
Prince Charles and the duchess – formerly Camilla Parker Bowles – wed in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall on April 9 2005, after a relationship spanning more than 30 years.
The ceremony was followed by a blessing in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The couple spent their honeymoon at their beloved hideaway Birkhall, which is nestled in a picturesque glen on the Queen’s private estate.
Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla (pictured together), attended the ‘A Starry Night In The Nilgiri Hills’ event hosted by the Elephant Family wildlife conservation charity at Lancaster House in London
At first, former royal mistress-turned-HRH Camilla took tentative steps as she adjusted to royal life.
In the 1990s, she was dubbed a marriage wrecker and the ‘other woman’ and held responsible for the breakdown of Charles’s relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales.
Now 16 years on, Camilla, one of the most senior female members of the royal family, has carved out her own charitable role, and appeared alongside the prince and the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament.
She focuses on raising awareness of osteoporosis, promoting literacy, and supporting survivors of sexual assaults and domestic abuse.
Described as witty, warm, down to earth and fun, she is adored by Charles, her children Tom and Laura, and her grandchildren who call her by the nickname GaGa.
The prince – the father of the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex – is the nation’s longest serving heir to the throne.
Sensitive and with a strong social conscience, he is known for his charity work and environmental campaigning.
He also admits – in his own words – to being an ‘inveterate interferer and meddler’ for his outspoken views on many different matters and causes.