The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, has found herself as the cover star of Country Life magazine, and her photographer is fairly famous in her own right – the Duchess of Cambridge!
Marking the publication’s 125th anniversary, Camilla’s 75th birthday and her role as guest editor, the Duchess of Cornwall decided to commission Kate to take the cover photo.
The photo – where Camilla is pictured wearing a blue and white floral dress and cardigan, smiling and relaxed sitting on a bench with a trug filled with pelargoniums – isn’t Kate’s first foray into the world of photography.
Another one of Kate’s photographs appears on the leader page, an informal shot of Camilla walking through forget-me-nots at her country home. Aside from this occasion the Duchess of Cambridge also frequently takes official portraits of her own children.
The magazine photos were taken in the gardens at Ray Mill House, a six-bedroom property located 17 miles from Prince Charles’ Highgrove estate, which has served as Camilla’s retreat ever since the Duchess purchased the estate after her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid-90s.
“We are thrilled to have our guest editor captured so magnificently by the royal photographer the Duchess of Cambridge,” said Mark Hedges, editor-in-chief of Country Life magazine.
“We understand this is the first time a formal portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall has been taken by the Duchess of Cambridge for a magazine and we are honoured to have been chosen to be the first to publish this beautiful photograph.
It isn’t unusual for royals to guest-edit the magazine, Prince Charles has had the honour twice, once in November 2013 and in 2018, for his 65th and 70th birthday respectively, the latter of which ended up being the biggest selling issue of all time.
More recently Princess Anne took over the role of guest-editor of the July 29 issue to commemorate her 70th birthday.