Camilla meets members of The Rifles at Windsor
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The Duke of Edinburgh sadly died last month at the age of 99 and the family laid him to rest at a beautiful ceremony in Windsor. The Duke's last public engagement was handing over his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to his daughter-in-law last summer. The ceremony was done virtually with Philip in Windsor and Camilla in Highgrove to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Philip had been associated with The Rifles for 67 years.
He had been Colonel-in-Chief since its formation in 2007 but served the same role for the regiments that previously made up The Rifles and had done so since 1953.
In a recent engagement, Camilla visited the 5th Battalion The Rifles in Wiltshire, where she wore her new regimental coat dress featuring bugle buttons and the bugle brooch she was formally given upon taking on her role as Colonel-in-Chief.
Choosing to visit The Rifles so soon after Philip's passing was a clear nod to the Duke.
Camilla even wore the poignant jewel to her late father-in-law's funeral, which was chock full of military references.
Camilla’s latest engagement was a nod to Prince Philip (Image: GETTY)
Camilla meeting the 5th Battalion The Rifles (Image: GETTY)
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Ms Gripper said in this week's podcast: "Charles and Camilla have been doing a few visits over the last week or so.
"Camilla went to see The Rifles, talking about how much she enjoyed having her role with them which was very nice."
Mr Myers added: "I thought it was very poignant, the title of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles had been handed down to her by Prince Philip, his last engagement wasn't it, essentially.
"He made an effort to meet the soldiers at Windsor Castle.
Camilla at the virtual ceremony in July 2020 (Image: GETTY)
"People were quite surprised by how spritely he was, bounding down the steps within the quadrangle speaking to soldiers and ramrod straight at the time, wasn't he?
"And just the images… when was that? We were still confined to barracks, weren’t we, because they were up in Gloucestershire, he was at Windsor and there was this virtual ceremony they went on.
"The fact that she's now carried this on is particularly poignant, that link. July 2020 it was. And again it was the last public engagement Prince Philip had."
Mr Myers went on to discuss Philip's patronages more generally and how many of them will now have to be handed out to other royals.
He said he thought Camilla was an excellent choice for The Rifles.
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Prince Philip meeting soldiers at Windsor in July 2020 (Image: GETTY)
Mr Myers continued: "I think the fact that he had this association for around 70 years is, again, really important that Camilla takes it on.
"And it will be very interesting to see who takes over his patronages, because he's had such an embodied association for so many of them.
"I think Camilla was such a good voice for The Rifles and I think as things start to open up, they've just come back from a tour of Estonia, so definitely there will be more of an association between Camilla and the group while they're based in the UK."
The brooch Camilla wore to the event was formally presented to her by General Sir Patrick Sanders, Colonel Commandant of the Rifles.
Kate Middleton and Camilla arrive for Prince Philip's funeral
It features the silver bugle horn that is used as the cap badge of The Rifles and is worn by every Rifleman today.
The bugle horn was adopted by Light Infantry and later Rifle Regiments from the early 19th century to pass orders across the battlefield as a replacement for the drum.
The Duchess of Cornwall also owns another beautiful bespoke green dress for her Rifles engagements, which is modelled on the regiment's own uniform.
Made in bottle green with a black trim, it features the same buttons as worn on the soldier's tunics, which have bugles on them.
Camilla was greeted with a royal fanfare as she arrived at the barracks and met with Riflemen and their families at the small outdoor reception.
She said during the engagement: "I hope this will be the first of many visits to say how much I have enjoyed meeting you all and hope proud I am now to be your Colonel-in-Chief.
"I hope to see you all again when more restrictions are lifted."
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