Camilla hailed as ‘jewel to Crown’ by Queen’s ex-aide

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Camilla Parker Bowles has been hailed as the "jewel to Crown" by a former aide of the Queen after poking fun at herself.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who celebrates her birthday today (Sunday, July 17), shows no fears of ageing after she heaped a few jokes onto herself at The Oldies ceremony last year.

The Oldie of the Year Awards was attended by Camilla and company, including chairman and author Gyles Brandreth, where the awards were handed out to a series of remarkable oldsters.

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Paying tribute to achievements by the elderly, the long-running awards festival was attended by the Royal Family member, who is turning 75, where she was deemed a "jewel to the Crown" on Twitter.

The post, copied from Camilla's speech by Dickie Arbiter, read: "What a jewel to the Crown The Duchess of Cornwall has become.

"Today she spoke at #TheOldieoftheYearAwards2021 – a special year for #TheOldie as @OldieMagazine celebrates its 30th year of publication."

A playful address from the Duchess of Cornwall saw her poke fun at herself and acknowledge that there are "certain disadvantages to growing older".

Camilla began her speech noting the rich history of the room the Oldies was held in, which was regularly used by American communities and politicians during two major global conflicts over the last century.

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The Duchess of Cornwall said the room was an "appropriate setting" for the Oldies, which she says "recognise the achievement of a range of remarkable older people who have made a special contribution to the world".

She continued: "I think those of us who have already passed our three score years and 10 have to acknowledge that there are certain disadvantages to growing older.

"There are times, I know, when we all experience those senior moments!"

Camilla also conceded the "advantages to growing older" including "watching one's children grow up, enjoying one's grandchildren," and "coming to jolly lunches like this one," Daily Express reported.

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