The Duchess of Cornwall is expected to join the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family for tonight’s Festival of Remembrance, and attend Remembrance Day solemnities at the the Cenotaph tomorrow. However, royal fans are hoping that Camilla will indeed be able to make the engagements, after doctors advised the Duchess to miss out on a Remembrance event this week. Camilla was due to open the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but a chest infection meant she was forced to cancel.
Like many Britons, Camilla has a very personal connection to Armed Forces, which will surely make this weekend’s commemorations even more touching for her.
Her father, the late Major Bruce Shand, was an officer in the British Army, and served with particular distinction in World War 2.
Indeed, the Duchess has spoken with great emotion in the past about the personal importance of Remembrance events that she has undertaken to honour her late father.
The Major served in the 12th Lancers, as part of the British Expeditionary Force, and in the 7th Armoured Division during the conflict.
The Duchess of Cornwall (Image: Getty)
Camilla alongside the Queena nd Duchess of Cambridge on Remembrance Day last year (Image: Getty)
He was evacuated from Dunkirk and was awarded his first Military Cross for his actions there in covering the British Force’s retreat.
He won his second Military Cross in north Africa in 1942 after covering a withdrawal of British Forces in the face of a strong counterattack by the Afrika Corps.
Major Shand was held as a prisoner of war in Germany after being captured in North Africa in November 1942, and was held in Spangenburg Castle for the rest of the war.
Due to the wounds he suffered during his capture in north Africa, which saw his two crewmen killed, he retired from the Army in 1947, the year of Camilla’s birth, with the honorary rank of Major.
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The Duchess was visibly moved as she paid