PUBLISHED: 07:32, Tue, Dec 3, 2019 | UPDATED: 07:32, Tue, Dec 3, 2019
Prince Charles married Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. Both were divorced and have children from their first marriages, meaning Camilla is not the mother of the future heirs to the throne, but their stepmother. In the future under Prince Charles’ rule, Camilla will become the equivalent of Prince Philip, whose job it is to be by the Queen’s side and support her. So is the Queen helping to groom Camilla in readiness to take on this supporting role?
Prince Charles is preparing to take on leadership of the Royal Family.
In recent years he has taken on more and more of the Queen’s duties in order to learn how to conduct the job while his mother is able to teach him.
In 18 months, the Queen will become 95 and there is speculation this will be the age she chooses to effectively hand over the day-to-day control of the monarchy to Charles.
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Camilla next Queen: Is the Queen training Camilla to become the wife of a King? (Image: GETTY)
Camilla next Queen: The Royals at the State Opening of Parliament on October 14 (Image: GETTY)
The Queen has been gradually reducing the number of public engagements she attends from 332 in 2016 to a still impressive 283 in 2018.
By comparison, Prince Charles undertook 507.
But Charles increases his workload, Camilla has reduced the number of engagements she has undertaken in recent years, perhaps at the behest of the Queen.
While she is the president or patron of more than 90 charities regarding health, literacy, supporting victims of rape and sexual abuse and domestic violence, empowering women; food; animals and heritage and the arts, she has undertaken less engagements in recent years while Charles has taken on more.
Camilla next Queen: Camilla and the Queen at a Remembrance Day event (Image: GETTY)