Queen Camilla channels inner Kate with striking red dress on visit marking new royal title


Kate, Princess of Wales, donned a red outfit at a key engagement on Monday evening.

Later during the afternoon, Camilla presented medals, including two Long Service and Good Conduct honours and a further 10 Shader medals, granted in recognition of Operational Service in Iraq.

She also met the families of the medals’ recipients.

During the engagement, the royal posed for a picture with members of the force, with her red dress stealing the scene while she sat among the camo-wearing soldiers.

Kate and Camilla wearing red dresses

Camilla seemingly channelled Kate during a visit today (Image: GETTY)

The Queen Consort Visits Lille Barracks

Camilla met soldiers at Lille Barracks today (Image: GETTY)

The Prince And Princess Of Wales Attend Pre-Campaign Launch At BAFTA

Kate attended an event at BAFTA on Monday wearing a red suit (Image: GETTY)

Buckingham Palace announced in late December a significant shake-up focused on military patronages.

Alongside Camilla’s appointment it was also shared that Prince William would become Colonel of the Welsh Guards, in line with his new title of Prince of Wales.

Kate, on the other hand, took on the role of Colonel of the Irish Guards, previously held by her husband.

Prior to Camilla’s takeover, the role of Colonel had been held by Prince Andrew. He relinquished it in January last year, among his other royal and military patronages.

The Queen Consort Visits Lille Barracks

Camilla awarded medals and spoke with soldiers and their families (Image: GETTY)

The Queen Consort Visits Lille Barracks

Camilla posed for a photo with members of the battallion (Image: Getty)

Accompanied at BAFTA by Prince William, Kate celebrated the new initiative – part of her lifelong commitment to raise awareness of the importance of the first five years of life for the development of healthy and successful children.

Delivering a speech during the event, she said: “It is essential, to not only understand the unique importance of our earliest years, but to know what we can all do to help raise future generations of happy, healthy adults.”

The launch of Shaping Us has been accompanied today by the release of two videos – one 90-second animated film and a video message by the royal.

Kate meeting a child

Kate has dedicated much of the past decade to deepening her knowledge on the early years (Image: GETTY)

A statement by Kensington Palace read: “In the film, we see Layla navigate her way through various experiences as a newborn, a toddler and young child, with the help of those around her.

“The film shows how her interactions with people and places— from her parents’ cuddles, to a reassuring arm on her shoulder from a nursery teacher and supportive cheer from a swimming teacher—stimulate her brain and development.”

To promote the launch of Shaping Us, Kate headed today to Leeds to speak with locals and business owners at a market about their experiences with the early years and with students at the University of Leeds about what they are learning on the topic.


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