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Queen Consort pays touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Consort made a moving speech about her mother-in-law as she hosted a reception for participants of a celebrated writing competition in Buckingham Palace.

Camilla, 75, said Her Majesty is ‘greatly missed by us all’ as she also remarked on today being the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I coming to the throne in 1558.

She was effortlessly elegant in a navy blue dress featuring stitched embroidery patterns, teamed with chic black boots.

The royal grinned as she posed with winners of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022, including Sawooly Li, Amaal Fawzi, Madeleine Wood and Maulika Pandey.

The Queen Consort gave Geri Horner a hug as she enjoyed the reception at Buckingham Palace today

Camilla and the former Spice Girl, appeared to be in deep conversation as they chatted at the reception

Camilla and the former Spice Girl, appeared to be in deep conversation as they chatted at the reception

(L-R) The Queen Consort with Ayesha Dharker, Alexandra Burke, Geri Horner at the reception

(L-R) The Queen Consort with Ayesha Dharker, Alexandra Burke, Geri Horner at the reception

The Queen Consort made a moving speech about her mother-in-law as she hosted a reception for participants of a celebrated writing competition in Buckingham Palace. Pictured with winner Sawooly Li

The Queen Consort made a moving speech about her mother-in-law as she hosted a reception for participants of a celebrated writing competition in Buckingham Palace. Pictured with winner Sawooly Li

Camilla, 75, said Her Majesty is 'greatly missed by us all' as she also remarked on today being the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I coming to the throne in 1558

Camilla, 75, said Her Majesty is ‘greatly missed by us all’ as she also remarked on today being the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I coming to the throne in 1558

Alexandra Burke, Geri Horner and Ayesha Dharker were also snapped at the prestigious reception.  

‘She had been patron of The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1952,’ Camilla said of the Queen. 

‘And throughout her remarkable reign, its vision to improve the lives and prospects of all Commonwealth citizens remained, as you know, very close to her heart.’

She stressed Her late Majesty’s ‘enduring love for the Commonwealth’ and thanked well-wishers for their kind words, as she and the King continue to process the loss.

‘Over the past few months, my husband and I have drawn immense comfort from the messages of condolence that we have received, and continue to receive, from the four corners of the world,’ she added.

‘They have reminded us that the written word has a unique ability to connect, to heal, to reassure and to offer hope, even in the midst of grief.’

Camilla stressed Her late Majesty's 'enduring love for the Commonwealth' and thanked well-wishers for their kind words, as she and King Charles III continue to process the loss. The Queen pictured in February

Camilla stressed Her late Majesty’s ‘enduring love for the Commonwealth’ and thanked well-wishers for their kind words, as she and King Charles III continue to process the loss. The Queen pictured in February

The royal grinned as she posed with winners of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022, including Sawooly Li, Amaal Fawzi (pictured), Madeleine Wood and Maulika Pandey

The royal grinned as she posed with winners of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022, including Sawooly Li, Amaal Fawzi (pictured), Madeleine Wood and Maulika Pandey

Camilla was effortlessly elegant in a navy blue dress featuring stitched embroidery patterns, teamed with chic black boots

Camilla was effortlessly elegant in a navy blue dress featuring stitched embroidery patterns, teamed with chic black boots

The Queen Consort praised the ‘skilled writers and champions of literacy’ at the reception, remarking on the ‘brilliant pieces’ which explored this year’s theme in the competition: ‘Our Commonwealth’.

Citing Nelson Mandela as an often-referenced subject in the works, she recalled the political figure’s visit to Buckingham Palace in 2014 and her and Charles’s 2011 trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.

‘All of us are bound together by a profound appreciation of the written word and of our Commonwealth,’ Camilla added.

It comes as infamous dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov was yesterday ‘humbled’ after being awarded an honour by the Queen Consort for an illustrious career.

The Queen Consort praised the 'skilled writers and champions of literacy' at the reception. Alexandra Burke, Geri Horner and Ayesha Dharker pictured at the event

The Queen Consort praised the ‘skilled writers and champions of literacy’ at the reception. Alexandra Burke, Geri Horner and Ayesha Dharker pictured at the event

The Queen Consort smiled as she posed with the attendees and shook their hands. Pictured with winner Maulika Pandey

The Queen Consort smiled as she posed with the attendees and shook their hands. Pictured with winner Maulika Pandey

Camilla pictured with winner Madeleine Wood. She donned a simple but elegant navy blue dress

Camilla pictured with winner Madeleine Wood. She donned a simple but elegant navy blue dress

Camilla smiled as she hosted the reception, kicking off with a moving speech which included a tribute to the late Queen

Camilla smiled as she hosted the reception, kicking off with a moving speech which included a tribute to the late Queen

Baryshnikov – a star of ballet, contemporary dance and also known for his role in Sex And The City – was presented with the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) highest honour, the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award.

Past recipients have included Rudolf Nureyev, regarded as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation, and Cuban sensation Carlos Acosta, artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

When Camilla first met the Latvian-born Baryshnikov, who studied and found fame in Russia before later moving to the West, she told him: ‘It’s a great honour to be able to give you the award, nobody deserves it more.’

Elsewhere this week, members of the Royal Family have wished King Charles a happy 74th birthday as he celebrated the occasion for the first time since he acceded the throne.

Both the Royal Family and the Prince and Princess of Wales’s Twitter accounts wished the monarch many happy returns, following the recent death of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

Posting a photo of the King smiling, the Prince and Princess of Wales wrote: ‘Wishing a very happy birthday to His Majesty The King!’ with the Royal Family posting a similar striking snap of Charles.

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