After 17 years married into the family, Camilla has got that royal wave down to a tee.
Waving, smiling, and chatting to the schoolchildren at Roundhill Primary School in Bath she would have known that more of the royal pack were there to watch than usual, fully aware that the Queen publicly saying that she should one day be queen consort was going to mean a lot more attention on what was going to be a low-key day of engagements.
But when the monarch gives you a significant pat on the back, the future queen planting a tree for the Platinum Jubilee becomes more newsworthy; the children who met her told me they were delighted that in the future they’ll be able to say they’ve met her when she does become queen.
Sitting and singing songs with the children, Camilla certainly seemed happy to put on a performance in front of the cameras, as she often is, always stopping and smiling for the lenses. And it’s not for her own good but because she knows it’ll bring attention to the causes that matter so much to her.
Joining reading and writing lessons at the primary school, a way of promoting the importance of improving literacy levels, is a cornerstone of her royal work.
The Queen’s praise is no doubt a nod to how Camilla over the years hasn’t been afraid to tackle less glamorous or difficult engagements and topics; the issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse ones that she hasn’t shied away from, and is heavily committed to.
Dropping in on the VOICES charity, set up by survivors and currently helping around a hundred women, she was keen to congratulate them on their hard work, find out what needs to change to help more women and talk about an initiative she helped to push, where washbags are now kept in police stations for victims of sexual abuse.
Unveiling a plaque for the VOICES charity Camilla showed her commitment to making sure domestic abuse is no longer seen as taboo.
“A lot of people, including myself, in the beginning, did not know enough about it,” she said.
“All of you do a fantastic job. Onwards and upwards as they say.”
She wasn’t expected to give a speech but after all those years of unwanted media attention, she’s is clearly seizing this moment to get her message heard.