Queen Elizabeth Just Celebrated Camilla Parker Bowles With A Telling Statement

So far, 2022 has been a big year for Queen Elizabeth. She celebrated her Platinum Jubilee marking her 70-year reign as queen — a title she's held longer than any other British monarch. The 96-year-old was honored with a long weekend full of parades, parties, and other traditional festivities. However, the queen wasn't present for some of the events due to ongoing mobility issues. She also tested positive for coronavirus early in the year, which she said left her feeling "very tired and exhausted" (via BBC News).

Given her long reign and evolving health condition, Queen Elizabeth recently turned her attention to the next person to ascend the throne: Prince Charles, along with his wife Camilla Parker Bowles. In a statement shared to Twitter in February, the monarch announced that when her son becomes king, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will become the queen consort, a title that solidifies her place in the royal family. Queen Elizabeth recently made another statement recognizing Camilla's work and contributions to the royal family.

Queen Elizabeth honored Camilla's service in the royal family

Camilla Parker Bowles hasn't always won over the public. The duchess was once even considered Britain's most hated woman, according to Express. But these days, she's clearly gained the approval of Queen Elizabeth.

The queen praised Camilla for her loyal service in a report given by Principal Private Secretary Sir Clive Alderton (per People). The report listed Camilla's recent achievements of becoming Patron of the British Forces Broadcasting Service and delivering her first speech as Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles. It also called attention to the duchess' work in combating domestic violence and leading a popular online book club. Alderton went on to say, "The Queen — in a moving recognition of The Duchess's work, service, and indeed her support for The Prince — expressed her view that The Duchess should, in the fullness of time, be known as Queen Consort," echoing her statement earlier this year.

This favorable report comes shortly after Queen Elizabeth appointed Camilla Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter (via Town & Country), a rare honor for those who married into the royal family as Camilla did. In an interview with British Vogue, the duchess admitted that it's "not easy" being scrutinized by the public before saying, "But I think in the end, I sort of rise above it and get on with it." With the queen by her side, rise above it she did.