THE Duchess of Cornwall has announced she has received a royal helping hand with her cover of Country Life magazine.
Camilla enlisted Kate Middleton’s support as she wore a guest editor’s hat to celebrate her 75th birthday and the magazine’s 125th anniversary.
She personally hand-picked her fellow Duchess to shoot the iconic portraits at the Wiltshire home she shares with Prince Charles.
The future Queen Consort looked radiant as she posed for the cover in the gardens of Raymill in a blue floral dress.
The 74-year-old, who is celebrating her birthday on Sunday, praised Kate’s photography skills and opened up about her fun-filled day.
In the ITV documentary celebrating her guest editing at Country Life, she gushed about the amateur snapper’s skills.
Camilla said: “She took really good pictures and you know she does it very naturally… we had a lot of fun doing it.
“It was very relaxed and of course very kind from the Duchess of Cambridge.
“She’s an extremely good photographer and it was all very casual, there wasn’t a lot of hair and makeup – it was just done in the garden with lots of laughs, it was a lovely way to do it.”
The straight-forward shoot even earned Prince Charles the seal of approval.
His wife, 16, added: “I know this is the one my husband approves of.
“Catherine said if there was anything else that needed to be done she would be happy to do it.
“If I can get over the fact, if I look, I find them very nice and just what you need for country life.”
Kate, 40, is an avid amateur photographer and regularly shares snaps she takes of her children to celebrate their birthdays.
She is also Patron of the Royal Photographic Society after the Queen passed the honor on to her daughter-in-law in 2019.
Even the respected editors of Country Life were impressed by the Duchess’ camera skills.
The magazine’s top dog, Mark Hedges, told viewers how they were initially stumped by Camilla’s specific request.
She’s an extremely good photographer and it was all very casual, there wasn’t much hair and makeup – it was just done in the garden with lots of laughs, it was a lovely way to do it.
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He explained, “When we first met in January, I said, ‘Of course ma’am, we have to do a front page. Do you have a penchant for photographers?’
“She immediately said Catherine and neither of us could think who she meant.
Managing Director and Features Editor Paula Lester echoed his compliments, saying Kate was “incredibly professional” behind the lens.
She wrote in Country Life: “The Duchess of Cambridge took our covers at the request of our guest editor, the Duchess of Cornwall, and we couldn’t be happier with the results – in fact, the pictures she took were so good that we Struggled to pick just three, from which the Duchess of Cornwall made her final selection.
“The Duchess of Cambridge took her assignment very seriously and handled the task at hand with incredible professionalism.”
Camilla is the fourth royal guest editor to take over the magazine on a temporary basis – and revealed she was keen to outdo her rivals.
She follows in the footsteps of Princess Anne and Prince Charles, who published the magazine twice – on his 65th birthday in November 2013 and his 70th in 2018, the best-selling issue of all time.
The future queen joked she’s eager to knock her husband off the top with her much-anticipated edition.
It explores the Duchess of Cornwall’s love of the countryside, her rural heroes and heroines and a range of charities close to her heart.
She shared that the hardest part of making the magazine was writing about Charles, saying, “I used up several pens and pencils before I got what I wanted!”
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