Lorraine: Camilla is 'one to watch' as she has busy year ahead
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex will join the Duke of Kent, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra for the Rifles Awards Dinner in London on Wednesday. The Royal Family is currently taking on a string of royal engagements while the Queen rests following doctors orders.
Following an overnight stay at a medical facility in October, the Queen cancelled several of her upcoming autumn engagements.
The Queen missed a trip to Northern Ireland, in addition to a visit to Scotland for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
The monarch was also scheduled to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph earlier this month, but devastatingly the Queen had to pull out due to a back injury.
The Queen did meet the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff at Windsor last week, suggesting the monarch may slowly be returning to her royal duties.
But in the meantime, the Queen has been able to lean on her team of senior royals, who have had particularly busy diaries in recent weeks.
Both Camilla and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have proven to be dedicated to their royal roles while the Queen has been absent.
Camilla and Sophie were present on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Remembrance Sunday service.
And both royal women completed several engagements centred on Remembrance this month across the country.
But Sophie and Camila will unite for a rare joint engagement in London this week with several of the Queen’s cousins.
A body language expert told Express.co.uk that Camilla and Sophie will likely be looking to display “unity” at the engagement in the Queen’s absence.
Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk: “So far we haven’t seen any signals of tension between these two women apart from the sense that that never seem particularly drawn to each other as Sophie and Kate inevitably are when they appear in public.
“This new outing might launch some more obvious friendship signals between them but when it comes to more intimate chatting, laughing or more tactile displays, Camilla has not so far seemed to be high on Sophie’s list.
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“Both women seem polite to each other and both are clearly dedicated to their roles in the Firm, especially their current roles of supporting and offering backup to the Queen while she is having to rest.
“They are both quite practical-looking women and I’m sure it would be a case of ‘whatever it takes’ in terms of displays of unity and continuity right now, so a more active display of shared smiles and chats should be well within their repertoire.”
Camilla and Sophie are not the only royals to have had busy schedules in recent weeks.
Prince Charles recently returned from a royal tour of Jordan and Egypt, for which Camilla was also present.
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have also been regularly out and about while the Queen has been resting.
The Cambridges recent diary has included a high-profile visit to Scotland as part of the royal contingent at the COP26 summit.
Kate and William also stepped out last week for the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In previous decades, the Royal Variety Performance was usually attended by the Queen.
But in recent years, the popular event has fallen largely under the remit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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