As she takes over the late Duke’s role, Camilla paid a touching tribute to Prince Philip.

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As she takes on the late Duke’s role, Camilla paid a touching tribute to Prince Philip.

CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, has assumed a new role following the death of her late husband, Prince Philip, and she paid a touching tribute to her “much-missed” father-in-law at an engagement this week.

Prince Philip, the Royal Family’s beloved patriarch, died in April of this year at the age of 99.

The Royal Family has rallied around the Queen in the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh, assisting her with her busy schedule of royal engagements.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attended the biennial Rifles Awards Dinner in London on Wednesday night with Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Several of the Queen’s cousins were present, including Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

In her new role as Colonel-in-Chief of the infantry regiment The Rifles, Camilla attended the event.

For many years, Prince Philip was the holder of this important title.

The Duke, on the other hand, handed Camilla the title in an official ceremony in July 2020.

Camilla told the assembled guests at the dinner that following in Philip’s footsteps with her new role was one of the “greatest honors” of her life.

“Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, Riflemen, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a tremendous pleasure to join you all this evening as your proud Colonel-in-Chief,” she said.

“Taking over from a former Colonel-in-Chief is always a daunting task, but stepping into the shoes of my much-missed, late father-in-law, The Duke of Edinburgh, is quite frankly terrifying!”

“I know it was a role he cherished and was extremely proud of, and it is one of the greatest honors of my life to have succeeded him in such a prestigious position.”

Since the Queen’s coronation in 1953, Philip has served as Colonel-in-Chief of the various regiments that make up the Rifles.

The Rifles are the British Army’s largest infantry regiment.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Camilla was cast in a sister ceremony to Philip’s at Windsor, at Highgrove.

Camilla had previously served as Royal Colonel of the fourth battalion of the regiment since 2007.

Clarence House unveiled a new portrait of the Duchess last year to commemorate her new role.

“Riflemen, with the rest of our nation, I am profoundly in,” the Duchess wrote in a message to the regiment.

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