Camilla pays tribute to 'greatly missed' mother-in-law as she rewears modern tunic dress for Buckingham Palace reception

The Queen Consort honored the late Queen Elizabeth II with a special message at the Royal Family's headquarters in London on Thursday

Camilla pays tribute to 'greatly missed' mother-in-law as she rewears modern tunic dress for Buckingham Palace reception
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Queen Camilla re-wore a stylish navy tunic on Thursday as she paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II with a poignant speech at Buckingham Palace. 

Queen Camilla honored her late mother-in-law at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, revealing that Queen Elizabeth II has been 'greatly missed' ever since she passed away on September 8. 

The Queen Consort made the sweet nod during a speech at a reception for winners of the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Prize, which was established in 1883 and is today the world's oldest international writing competition for schools.

"I cannot begin without paying tribute to my dear mother-in-law, her late majesty, who is much in our thoughts today and who is so greatly missed by us all," Camilla said to her VIP guests. After sharing background about the Queen's 'enduring love of the Commonwealth', the 75-year-old acknowledged how the 'written word' has helped her and King Charles III to grieve the loss of the beloved monarch. 

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Over 50,000 letters of condolence were sent to the Royal Family in the weeks following the Queen's death, with a whopping 6,500 messages arriving at the height of the correspondence. 

"Over the past few months, my husband and I have drawn immense comfort from the messages of condolence that we have received, and continue to receive, from the four corners of the world,” Camilla said.

Always one to impress in the fashion department, Camilla rocked a navy tunic with wide shoulders and silver threading for the celebratory event. She paired the dress with tights and black boots for a cozy winter look, while keeping her jewelry simple with a pendant necklace, pearl drop earrings, and a small blue brooch. Camilla had previously worn the dress in October for a Paddington Bear-themed photo tribute for the Queen. 


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Camilla was joined by Royal Commonwealth Society ambassadors, Alexandra Burke, Ayesha Dharker, Geri Horner, and Ben Okri, for the awards ceremony. At one point, Ginger Spice reportedly recommended to the Queen Consort that she read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Camilla replied that a copy of the novel was already on her 'reading board' for her virtual book club, the Royal Reading Room. 

Emma Dooney
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