Camilla ‘frankly terrified’ to take on ‘cherished’ role of much missed, late father-in-law


CAMILLA has spoken about being terrified of taking over a role which used to belong to Prince Philip.

Prince Philip sadly died at the age of 99 in April of this year just a few months before his 100th birthday.

Philip was Colonel-in-Chief of the successive regiments that made up the Rifles since the year of the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

Camilla was joined by the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.


Camilla and Prince Charles (Image: PA)


Prince Philip (Image: PA)

They are all Royal Colonels of Battalions with the Rifles.

Speaking to guests about serving as the new Colonel-in-Chief, the Duchess of Cornwall said:
“Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, Riflemen, ladies and gentlemen, it is a huge pleasure to join you all this evening, for the first time as your proud Colonel-in-Chief.

“To step into the boots of my dear, much missed, late father-in-law, The Duke of Edinburgh, is quite frankly terrifying.

“I know it was a role that he cherished and of which he was immensely proud and it is one of the greatest honours of my life to have followed him into this illustrious role.”

Camilla already had close ties with the Regiment, having served as Royal Colonel of its fourth Battalion since 2007.

At the event Camilla wore her Bugle Horn brooch, made of silver and diamonds, which is central to the heritage of the Regiment.

Every Rifleman wears a silver bugle as part of their cap badge.

Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: PA)


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: PA)

The Rifles are the largest infantry regiment in the British Army.


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