Following the unveiling of the front cover of The Duchess of Cornwall’s edition of Country Life to mark her 75th birthday, Camilla’s two dogs has also been given a key role in the magazine.
Bluebell and Beth appear on the famous Country Life frontispiece, (Country Life’s famous girls in pearls page) wearing Camilla’s pearls. It is the first time dogs have appeared on the frontispiece without their owners. It’s been described as ‘an amusing twist’.
Both Bluebell and Beth, 10 and 11, terriers, were rescued from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, of which Camilla is patron.
In 2020, Beth, stole the show at an engagement with The Duchess of Cornwall, when she helped to unveil a plaque at Battersea’s Old Windsor branch, by pulling the curtain!
Both of the dogs featured in Prince Charles and Camilla’s 15th wedding anniversary photo at Birkhall, near to Balmoral.
As the Guest Editor, Camilla has written the following in the leader column: “There are many reasons why I was delighted to be asked to guest edit this week’s Country Life. The most selfish thing being that celebrating the magazine’s 125th anniversary makes me, at 75, feel positively young.
“I have cherished this opportunity to highlight some of the people, communities and charities whom I have had the privilege to encounter and who do such a great deal for life in our countryside, too often unseen and unsung.”
Camilla will also continue to shine a light on her work around tackling domestic abuse and writes in the column that it is ‘a cause that is particularly close to my heart; I know that physical isolation is often used to advantage by perpetrators and that victims in rural areas find it harder to reach out to seek help, especially in close knit communities.’
She also spoke about her work regarding violence against women in her interview with British Vogue to mark her 75th birthday.
More details have also been released in advance of the new edition of the Country Life magazine, which is being released on Wednesday 13th July.
The issue will reflect the love and pride the Duchess has for her husband and family, including to a tribute written by Her Royal Highness to The Prince of Wales and his lifelong advocacy for the environment, farming and the countryside.
Her son, food writer Tom Parker Bowles, will also reveal the recipe for his mother’s favourite peach melba, plus the future Queen Consort will recall happy childhood memories.
The issue will feature Jeremy Clarkson is interviewed as one of the Duchess’ countryside champions; Alan Titchmarsh writing on gardening; artist Daniel Chatto – Charles’ cousin – on his favourite painting; and John Williams, executive chef of The Ritz, producing the Duchess’ favourite recipe of roast chicken with tarragon and cream.
The Duchess of Cornwall is the third royal Guest Editor, following The Prince of Wales, who has twice guest-edited Country Life to mark his 65th birthday in November 2013 and his 70th in 2018, the biggest selling issue of all time.
To mark his 67th birthday, Charles wrote an article in support of British farmers.
In 2020, The Princess Royal guest-edited the July 29 issue to commemorate her 70th birthday, talking about her grandchildren and lockdown, as well as her horses and dogs.