On July 17 this year, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will celebrate her 75th birthday. In light of this, the Duchess will be guest-editing Country Life magazine, with the issue scheduled for release on July 13. The edition will mark the magazine’s 125th anniversary, and it will focus on the Duchess’ charitable work and love of horses and dogs.
Mark Hedges, Editor of Country Life magazine, said: “It is a great honour that the Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to guest-edit Country Life in July.
“Her Royal Highness is a passionate countrywoman and we are delighted that she follows her husband in presiding over this commemorative edition.”
The Duchess’ son, Tom Parker Bowles, has often written for the popular magazine, and he had some words to say about his mother’s appointment as guest editor.
He said: “As a columnist for Country Life, I’m delighted my mother will be guest-editing a special issue.
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“But rather hoping she won’t try to muck about with my copy.”
Several members of the Royal Family have guest-edited the magazine on previous occasions, including Prince Charles twice and Princess Anne in 2020.
And Camilla’s decision to step into the editor’s seat also follows in the footsteps of two other famous royal women.
The Duchess of Sussex guest-edited the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, and the theme of the edition was “Forces for Change”.
“Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light.
“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages.”
A few years before Meghan’s guest-edited edition of Vogue, the Duchess of Cambridge also tried her hand at journalism.
In 2016, Kate guest-edited the Huffington Post UK for a day to raise awareness of children’s mental health.
A room in Kensington Palace was converted into a temporary newsroom for the day, and Kate wrote a special blog piece for the site.
Kate wrote it was “such as privilege” to guest edit Huffington Post for the day as part of the Young Minds Matter initiative.
Kate wrote: “Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it.
“We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older.
“We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”