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Family members reveal secrets of couple’s unshakable ‘bond’ in their coronation year

By Rebecca English, Daily Mail Royal Editor

00:03 December 26, 2023, updated 03:13 December 26, 2023

  • Camilla’s sister Annabel Elliot says she’s King Charles’ ‘rock’ in new BBC documentary



Charles and Camilla are “the yin and the yang” but make quite the formidable team, friends and family said.

Annabel Elliot, the Queen’s sister, described her as the king’s “rock”, while her close friend Lady Lansdowne said the fact the couple had to “fight” to be together didn’t help. only strengthens their unshakable “bond”.

And speaking publicly for the first time about the long relationship between the King and Queen, Princess Anne – not known for her emotional outpouring – gave her sister-in-law the royal seal of approval.

“I’ve known her for a long time, on and off. His understanding of the role and the difference he makes to the King is absolutely exceptional,” she said.

“This role is not something she would be a natural for, but she does it very well. She brings that change of speed and tone, which is just as important.

Queen’s sister: Annabel Elliot (pictured), described Camilla as the king’s ‘rock’
King Charles waved to the crowd as he and Queen Camilla visited church yesterday.
Stronger than ever: Charles and Camilla stroll through Birkhall in BBC documentary
King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, after the coronation
Charles and Camilla are “the yin and the yang” but make quite the formidable team, friends and family said.
Queen Camilla and King Charles III before the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, for the state visit to the United Kingdom by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee on November 21 2023.

The women were interviewed for tonight’s BBC One royal documentary following Charles’ first year as monarch, Charles III: The Coronation Year.

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Ms Elliot, who was one of her sister’s two ladies in attendance on coronation day, added: “She is his rock, and I can’t emphasize that enough.

“He’s someone who’s completely loyal and he’s not someone who has huge ups and downs.”

But she stressed it’s not a one-sided relationship, explaining: “He brings her everything. I don’t talk about all that (she said, referring to Buckingham Palace), but. .. he has such knowledge and interest in so many different things, which she wouldn’t have really been open to if she had. I haven’t met him.

“They really are the yin and the yang. They are truly polar opposites. But I think it works wonderfully.

She added, waving her hand upward to indicate their pace of work: “Most of us, as we get to this age, think yes, in quiet times. But theirs is going to be like this.

The documentary shows footage of the couple walking Queen’s Battersea Dogs and Cats Home rescue dog Beth, a Jack Russell, at Birkhall, their beloved Scottish home.

Camilla is dressed casually in jeans and a jacket, while Charles wears a tweed jacket and tie.

The programme, produced by the Mail’s Robert Hardman, will also feature footage from last year’s Christmas broadcast.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Royal Ascot on June 24 this year
King Charles and the Queen are “yin and yang” but make quite a formidable team, Camilla’s sister says in a new BBC documentary following the monarch’s Christmas Day message.
Lady Lansdowne, said the fact the couple had to “fight” to be together only strengthened their unshakable “bond”.

They idly chat about how Beth ate a mouse the last time they were up there and remark how much their grandchildren love bouncing on a rickety old bridge over the river that runs through their backyard.

The two seem completely at ease in each other’s company, finishing each other’s sentences instinctively after so many decades together.

Camilla’s long-time friend Fiona Lansdowne, one of her new companions – a modern-day lady-in-waiting – and her other lady in attendance at the coronation, said of them: “They make an extraordinary team .

“And I think it’s whether they had to fight to get there, or whether it’s just because they’ve been through a lot together – it’s allowed them to have a really strong bond.”

Britain’s Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, pose for a photo before the diplomatic reception in Room 1844 at Buckingham Palace on December 5 this year.
King Charles II and Queen Camilla with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the state funeral of Her Majesty The Queen
Charles and Camilla at their wedding at Windsor Castle in April 2005

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The King and Queen celebrated Christmas at Sandringham alongside other members of the royal family and attended a church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Charles was seen waving to crowds gathered outside the church in Norfolk to wish him and his family a Merry Christmas.

He was closely followed by the Prince and Princess of Wales, joined by their children Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five.

The Princess of Wales wore an elegant blue coat and matching hat as she smiled broadly as she walked towards the church, holding the hand of her daughter, Princess Charlotte.

Prince William also held his son’s hand while Prince George, dressed in a navy suit, walked alongside his sister.

Prince Louis smiled as he shared a joke with Mia Tindall on Christmas morning
The King and Queen are to celebrate Christmas alongside other royals at Sandringham
Queen Camilla welcomed around 1,000 well-wishers outside the church on Monday.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh joined the rest of the royal family at Monday morning’s church service.
Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson also joined the rest of the royal family on Monday.
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie attend the Christmas morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Lady Louise Windsor accompanies her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, to church

For the second year in a row, the disgraced Duke of York walked from Sandringham to church with his family.

His ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, walked behind him and smiled at the press in his first public appearance at Sandringham in years.

Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, were with their husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank, respectively.

Notably absent from the royal Christmas was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who spent the holidays with their children in Los Angeles.

In his Christmas message broadcast at 3 p.m. on Monday, the King paid tribute to Britons who dedicate themselves to “service”.

It was recorded in the Central Hall of Buckingham Palace which leads to the iconic balcony of the royal residence, and also featured in the background a living Christmas tree which will be replanted, complemented by natural and sustainable decorations.

Charles, who has previously mentioned the importance of wearing clothes again, donned the same single-breasted blue suit he wore during his speech last year.

His second annual speech gave a nod to the environment, a departure from the typically apolitical messages delivered by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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