Keep calm and carry on! Beaming Queen Consort Camilla visits the University of Aberdeen as she returns to work in first engagement since release of Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir
- Queen Consort Camilla, 75, visited the University of Aberdeen today
- Wife of King Charles looked elegant in a green coat with red tartan detailing
- She toured the institution’s new Science Teaching Hub in her role as Chancellor
- READ: Queen Consort breaks cover in Balmoral after Harry’s searing attack branding her ‘dangerous’ and a ‘villain’ – hours before u-turn saying he had ‘huge compassion for Camilla’
Queen Consort Camilla has cast aside the controversy surrounding Prince Harry’s new book and carried on with her royal duties by visiting the University of Aberdeen.
The wife of King Charles III looked elegant in a green coat with statement red tartan detailing on the collar as she toured the institution’s new Science Teaching Hub in her role as Chancellor.
In her first official engagement since the release of Harry’s memoir Spare, Camilla, 75, who was gifted colourful flowers upon her arrival, viewed demonstrations in the labs and met staff and students, before making a short speech.
In his book, the Duke of Sussex, 38, referred to his stepmother as a ‘villain’ and accused her of leaking stories to the press about private conversations with Prince William.
Queen Consort Camilla (pictured) has cast aside the controversy surrounding Prince Harry’s new book and carried on with her royal duties by visiting the University of Aberdeen
But Camilla appeared to put on a brave face today as she returned to work with a smile, greeting delighted staff and students throughout her visit at the university.
The Queen Consort also talked about the ‘precious time’ she has spent in the north east of Scotland – telling those at Aberdeen University that it feels like she is ‘coming home’ on visits to the institution.
Camilla said it was a ‘huge pleasure’ to visit the university’s new Science Teaching Hub, after it opened last year.
Addressing staff and students, she said: ‘Coming to this university, and to this city, has always felt a bit like coming home to me.’
The Queen Consort, Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, receives a bouquet of flowers from (left to right) Elspeth Cameron and Rosa Alexander, both aged four, from the Rocking Horse Nursey as she leaves after her visit to the university’s new Science Teaching Hub
Queen Camilla, Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, speaks to local school children looking at dinosaur fossils, during her visit to the university’s new Science Teaching Hub
The wife of King Charles III looked elegant in a green coat with statement red tartan detailing on the collar as she toured the institution’s new Science Teaching Hub in her role as Chancellor
Camilla, who was made chancellor of the university in 2013, said this was firstly because her father’s family ‘came from this part of Scotland’.
She added: ‘Secondly, because my husband and I are lucky enough to spend precious time each year in Aberdeenshire.
‘And finally, because 10 years ago I received the great honour of being installed as chancellor of this very special university.’
Since taking on the role, she said she has ‘watched with pride’ as the university has ‘gone from strength to strength’.
The Queen Consort talked about the ‘precious time’ she has spent in the north east of Scotland – telling those at Aberdeen University that it feels like she is ‘coming home’ on visits to the institution
Camilla (pictured left) said it was a ‘huge pleasure’ to visit the university’s new Science Teaching Hub, after it opened last year
However she added: ‘My achievements as chancellor over the last decade seem rather modest in comparison. I was told in 2013 that one element of my role was to defend the university so that “raven wolves do not invade the college and its flock”.’
She quipped it was ‘perhaps more by luck than judgment’ that this has not happened yet.
The University of Aberdeen’s state-of-the-art Science Teaching Hub opened in early 2022.
The building has been designed around the provision of specialist teaching, training and learning for students across a number of disciplines including chemistry, medical sciences, biological sciences and geosciences.
In June 2013, the then Duchess of Rothesay, now Queen Consort Camilla, was installed as the 11th Chancellor of University of Aberdeen
In June 2013, the then Duchess of Rothesay, now Queen Consort Camilla, was installed as the 11th Chancellor of University of Aberdeen.
Prince Harry has discussed in depth his relationship with Camilla in both his book and his publicity tour to promote it.
He told journalist Anderson Cooper in a CBS interview that the Queen Consort was content with bodies – including his own – being ‘left in the street’ as she tried to rehabilitate her image after her long affair with King Charles while he was married to Princess Diana.
Referring to a 1995 interview in which his mother, Princess Diana, famously referred to Camilla as the ‘third person in her marriage’, Harry said that this admission turned the now-Queen Consort into a ‘villain’, adding: ‘She needed to rehabilitate her image.’
Harry’s memoir levels even more accusations at Camilla, including claims that she ‘eavesdropped’ on a conversation between Meghan Markle, 41, and King Charles, 74.
After Camilla and Meghan bonded over their shared love of animals during afternoon tea at Clarence House in 2016, the Duke said his father and girlfriend fell into a ‘quiet conversation’, which intrigued his stepmother.
Describing how Camilla was ‘stuck’ with him, Harry recalls how she seemed ‘keener on eavesdropping’ on Meghan and Charles’ discussion. Harry says the couples then ended the engagement by discussing Meghan’s career.
The Duke also claimed that, in November 2017, his stepmother had suggested he assume a royal role that would take him away from London, as governor general of Bermuda.
Harry alleged that the then Duchess of Cornwall put forward the suggestion as it would take the Sussexes out of the ‘red-hot centre of the maelstrom’ as they struggled with the limelight.
However, he pointed out that this would conveniently ‘take them out of the picture’ as well.
After telling Anderson Cooper that Camilla had been a ‘villain’ who needed to ‘rehabilitate her public image’, the Duke clarified in a later interview that he does not view her as his ‘evil stepmother’.
Speaking to Good Morning America, he said: ‘I have a huge amount of compassion for her, you know, being the third person within my parents’ marriage. She had a reputation, or an image, to rehabilitate.
‘Whatever conversations happened, whatever deals or trading was made right at the beginning, she was led to believe that that would be the best way of doing it.’
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