Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will star on the cover of Vogue

The Duchess of Cornwall will appear in a special edition of Vogue magazine this summer to mark her 75th birthday.

Camilla’s photoshoot took place last week with a skeleton crew of magazine staff and palace aides, all sworn to secrecy.

An insider said the session had been agreed after several meetings between the Duchess and Edward Enninful, the British Vogue editor-in-chief.

The source said: ‘Conversations have been ongoing for months so this has been in the pipeline for a long time. The timing has been carefully thought through and her 75th birthday felt like the appropriate time.’

The Duchess of Cornwall will appear in a special edition of Vogue magazine this summer to mark her 75th birthday. Camilla’s photoshoot took place last week with a skeleton crew of magazine staff and palace aides, all sworn to secrecy. (She is pictured in a Vivienne Westwood gown at the London Palladium in 2013)

Camilla, who turns 75 on July 17, is expected to feature on the front cover of the fashion bible, which has also conducted an interview with her.

The high-profile exposure will be seen as a major step towards establishing the Duchess as a future Queen Consort in the public consciousness.

The Queen, who has said that it is her ‘sincere wish’ that Camilla is known as such when Prince Charles ascends the throne, is thought to approve of the Vogue project.

Another source said: ‘It won’t just be in the magazine but obviously very prominently displayed on the website, so lots of people will see this.’

It is understood that the Duchess turned down the offer of flying in a team of celebrity stylists to help with the shoot.

Her participation will be seen as a show of support for Ghanaian-born Mr Enninful, who has championed diversity during his five years at the helm of the magazine.

Last year, he took on the role of global ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, which was founded by Prince Charles in 1976.

And last week, Mr Enninful hosted a gala event for the charity in New York, attended by supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, the Hadid sisters and Karlie Kloss.

An insider said the session had been agreed after several meetings between the Duchess and Edward Enninful, the British Vogue editor-in-chief.  (They are pictured at London Fashion Week in 2019)

An insider said the session had been agreed after several meetings between the Duchess and Edward Enninful, the British Vogue editor-in-chief. (They are pictured at London Fashion Week in 2019)

The Camilla feature is set to be one of his most high-profile interviews yet and follows a long-established tradition of the Royal Family appearing in Vogue.

The Queen made her first appearance in its pages in 1927 as a one-year-old on her mother’s knee. Princess Diana, Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cambridge have all been cover stars, while the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited an edition of the magazine in 2019.

April’s edition of Vogue featured two different covers – one of which showed a 1957 portrait of the Queen taken by her future brother-in-law Antony Armstrong-Jones, later Lord Snowdon.

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The Duchess of Cambridge captured in a relaxed, rural pose by Josh Olins in June 2016

Lord Snowdon's 1957 image of the Queen, used in April to mark the Platinum Jubilee

The Duchess of Cambridge captured in a relaxed, rural pose by Josh Olins in June 2016; and Lord Snowdon’s 1957 image of the Queen, used in April to mark the Platinum Jubilee

In his editor’s letter for the edition, Edward Enninful wrote: ‘When I received my OBE for services to diversity in fashion several years ago, I thought carefully about what the decision to accept it would mean.

‘Ultimately, I saw an ancient institution that was setting about on a program of change and if they had noticed and wanted to recognize my work as something worth spotlighting, given the fact my endeavors were all about spotlighting under-represented people too, then I felt comfortable – keen, even – to engage.’

Camilla’s Vogue appearance will place her more firmly than ever at the heart of public life, and many will see it as another step towards ensuring a smooth transition when Prince Charles becomes King.

After careful consideration, she will appear in the magazine after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June, so as not to overshadow the landmark celebrations.

Earlier this year, the Queen publicly supported her daughter-in-law by issuing an extraordinary statement to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

On the eve of the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI, the Queen said: ‘When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.’

Both Vogue publisher Conde Nast and Clarence House declined to comment last night.

No-fuss Duchess refuses to be used as a clothes horse

By ALEXANDRA SHULMAN, former Vogue editor

The Duchess of Cornwall has never seen herself as a fashion leader. But then, she’s had no need.

As an attractive, confident woman, she has never used the latest trends to carve out an identity. Nor has she needed her clothes to attract men.

That’s not to say, however, that she doesn’t have her own views – and her own specific style.

I remember, as Vogue editor, commissioning Mario Testino to photograph Camilla and Charles for their first wedding anniversary in 2006.

Camilla was adamant then that she did not want clothes provided for her, and brought in her own. There was no fuss, she just knew what she liked and what suited her – and did not want to undergo a Vogue transformation.

The Duchess in a Bruce Oldfield sequin dress in September 2021

Camilla in black and white again by Oldfield

Camilla has a good eye for colour, writes Alexandra Shulman. Above, the Duchess in a Bruce Oldfield sequin dress – and right, in black and white again by Oldfield

Above, Camilla is dressed for the country in Gloucestershire.  The Duchess of Cornwall has never seen herself as a fashion leader.  But then, she's had no need

Above, Camilla is dressed for the country in Gloucestershire. The Duchess of Cornwall has never seen herself as a fashion leader. But then, she’s had no need

I applaud her for that. It’s hard to be in the public eye and not feel that you have to be some kind of clothes horse. She hasn’t bowed to that pressure and tried to change herself.

It’s a look that’s both polished, appealing and smart.

She loves the simple, pared-back clothes of Anna Valentine and the femininity of Edina Ronay, both small British brands. Like any self-respecting upper-class Englishwoman she loves her pearls.

She has a good eye for color, too. She knows a deep blue – like the Vivienne Westwood dress she wore to the London Palladium in 2013 – will bring out the color of her eyes.

She also tends towards icy colors – pale blues, pale pinks, blush tones and cream that work with her hair and complexion.

One of her greatest strengths is she's happy in her own skin.  It's one of the things I suspect her husband admires most in her.  (Above, the couple in March)

One of her greatest strengths is she’s happy in her own skin. It’s one of the things I suspect her husband admires most in her. (Above, the couple in March)

She always gamely dresses the part, but I suspect she’s happiest in informal country clothes.

The Barbour jacket, the Dubarry boots and a pair of corduroy trousers are far more Camilla’s style than the glittering frocks.

One of her greatest strengths is she’s happy in her own skin. It’s one of the things I suspect her husband admires most in her.

Times have changed since her last Vogue photoshoot. We now know Camilla will be crowned Queen alongside Charles, a prospect which is no longer in the distant future.

The stakes have also risen. There’s far more scrutiny over what someone in that position wears – and her choices will also tell us something about how she will want to be seen as Queen.

Will she stick with her own tried-and-tested wardrobe, or will we see a new version of the Duchess of Cornwall emerge?

I suspect the former. She’s walking a fine line between remaining true to herself, while realizing she is poised to step into a more highly scrutinized role.

Whatever the case, the choice will have been hers – and hers alone.

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