It’s been a big month of milestones for the royal family.
Her entry into the Royal Family was certainly not text book, or indeed welcomed by some, but you would never have known it from the right royal bash thrown for the Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday.
Prince Charles with author Kathy Lette at a reception for Camilla’s 70th birthday.
The party was the second celebration of Camilla’s birthday, which falls on Monday 17 July.
She has accompanied him on many foreign trips and has become a familiar figure at royal events.
Twelve years after their controversial civil wedding, which followed years of public rancour over their relationship, the portrait makes clear that they are very much a partnership of equals as they move, albeit reluctantly, ever closer to the throne.
The Peruvian photographer took the shot in Clarence House in May. He took Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s official engagement photos in 2010, and has also taken official photographs of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Charles, who will celebrate his 70th birthday next year, is meanwhile, in a British wool suit, light blue tie and pocket handkerchief.
He added: “I’m honored to document their royal highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on this very important date”.
Testino was one of hundreds of guests at a Clarence House garden party on Thursday for the Duchess to acknowledge the people she works with, from charity bosses to celebrities. In a statement, the photographer said he was “honored” to capture the couple “on this very important date”, noting that after he first photographed her in 2006 he “discovered a kind and handsome person with a wonderful sense of humor”.
Camilla is celebrating a low key 70th birthday in private.
Valentine is widely credited as the person who has helped Camilla to find her own sense of modern, personal style since she married Prince Charles in 2005.