- The Queen’s consort, Camilla, paid tribute to her late mother-in-law in a BBC television interview.
- Camilla said Queen Elizabeth II had “amazing blue eyes” and an “unforgettable” smile.
- The Queen Consort also praised the monarch for playing her role among male world leaders.
The Queen’s consort, Camilla, said Queen Elizabeth II had beautiful blue eyes and a smile she would never forget in a clip from a BBC interview released on Sunday.
The praise for the former Duchess of Cornwall comes nearly two weeks after she died “peacefully” at her residence in Balmoral, Scotland, at the age of 96.
The comments also come ahead of the Queen’s funeral, which is set to bring together 2,000 attendees, including President Joe Biden and members of the royal family, at Westminster Abbey on Monday for a service honoring the monarch’s life.
“She has those amazing blue eyes,” Camilla says in a clip from the interview, which will air in full on Sunday at 8 p.m. BST. “When she smiles, they light up her whole face. I’ll always remember that smile, you know, that smile is unforgettable.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Camilla touched on how the Queen established herself as a formidable female force at a time when world leaders were predominantly male.
The Queen Consort said, “It must have been very difficult for her as a single woman. There was no female prime minister or female president.” “She was single, so I guess she created her own role.”
Camilla’s association with the late monarch has evolved significantly since the controversial beginning of her relationship with King Charles III in the 1990s.
Charles and Camilla’s romantic relationship reportedly dates back to 1986, when he was married to Princess Diana and was married to Andrew Parker Bowles. The pair only went public as a couple in 1997.
But it was only in 2000 that the Queen agreed to meet Camilla formally, according to The New York Times. Although the Queen was not present at their wedding in 2005, the years that passed showed that she and the monarch were developing a close bond.
In February, Queen Elizabeth II made Camilla’s approval clear when he announced That she wanted her daughter-in-law to receive the title of Queen Consort when Charles III became king, ending years of confusion about what her future royal title would be.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that when the time comes, Camilla She continues her faithful service as Queen Consort,” the Queen wrote in a statement reflecting on her 70-year reign.