Duchess Camilla boozed it up properly in Cornwall ahead of her 67th birthday


Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, turns 67 today. Happy birthday, Camilla. She actually got to celebrate her birthday early this week when she and Prince Charles spent some time in Cornwall. Camilla opened a library and she and Charles toured the Cornish Orchards and Camel Valley vineyard. Camilla used the trip as an excuse to get her booze on. And then some! I’m surprised they didn’t pour her into a waiting helicopter. At Cornish Orchards, she got her cider on, then she moved on to Cornish wine. Is that a recipe for a hangover? I don’t know.

Camilla is the president of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and her father used to be a winemaker in England before it was the cool thing to do. Apparently, the French winemaking monopoly refuses to allow Cornish winemakers to call their sparkling wine “champagne.” So Camilla started a war with France when she told some of the winemakers:

“I still don’t think it should be called British sparkling wine. I think we should come up with a name for British sparkling wine – because it is champagne and it’s very good champagne. It should have a special name. I’m always waiting for people to come up with good ideas.”

[Via The Express]

The Express made sure to note that she was “nursing” a glass of wine when she slurred out these words! Honestly, I like the idea of Camilla as a boozehound and a supporter of the local Cornwall wine industry. It makes her seem fun. The Vineyard also gave Camilla a special birthday present: a giant bottle of wine worth like $600. YAY, Camilla is going to be hammered.

But my favorite detail from this trip was when Charles and Camilla met a young woman named Tori Naismith. Tori lost her brother in 2009 and in honor of his memory, she and all of her brother’s friends got his tattoo – a tattoo of a camel on the big toes. Tori went up to Camilla and Charles and said, “This is my camel toe.” And she showed them her tatt. Camilla’s boozy reaction: “That must have hurt.” Quite so!



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. PunkyMomma says:

    Good for Camilla! Go get your birthday freak on, girl! And while your at it, have a camel tattooed on your big toe.🎂

  2. AlexandraJane says:

    That Camel Toe tattoo is really making me laugh. I think Camilla looks fun and happy here!

  3. Sixer says:

    HA! It’s not the French: it’s the EU Protected Food Name scheme. French bods can’t call any cheese Cheddar or Stilton or any cream Clotted or or or. There are thousands of these things. It’s a gotta love/gotta hate the EU thing, depending on which side of the fence you sit.

    Poshies in the UK call champagne “shampoo” or “champers”. Cornish Shampoo? Cornish Fizzle? I quite like fizzle.

  4. paola says:

    It can’t be called Champagne because champagne is a French region where that specific wine is made. It’s like calling any red wine Chianti, or all the fruity white wine Traminer.
    The British Sparkling wine deserves a proper name but without copying it from other qualities of wine.
    Other than that I believe the British wine won’t be anything memorable… the weather plays a big part in it, the quality of the soil and the amount of rain too.
    I come from a region in Italy very famous for the good food but not so much for wine. The weather and the soil just produce a rough, hard tasting, strong and acidic type of wine. We drink it anyway but it ain’t champagne!!

    • Faye says:

      Thanks, Paola, I was just about to post the same thing. The wine can’t be called champagne because it’s not from the Champagne region. It’s like getting upset that you can’t be called a New Yorker even though you’re from another big city.

      Then again, Camilla seemed to be well into her cups when she was saying this, so I guess she gets a pass :) . Although I do relish the image of her waving the bottle around, patriotically slurring “‘s just as good as Champagne, yars? Juss as goood.”

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Right. It can’t be called champagne because it’s not champagne. Camilla.

      This is weird – before I got to the camel toe part, I was thinking “Camilla looks like a camel.” So my first reaction was that camel toe girl was dissing her.

      • FLORC says:

        I can’t hate this. I love my sparkling wine, but I call it champagne. I won’t stop. Not even in formal settings. It’s silly marketing and branding.
        In her position though it’s not the same.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I have probably called sparkling wine champagne at some point, too. I don’t like her, but I can see what she meant – that it should have a nice name, too, because it’s a nice product, or something like that. Didn’t mean to sound like I was hating on her for it.

    • Sixer says:

      It is actually laid down in EU law, also, as I noted above. Certain foods and drinks, if strongly culturally associated with a place, can’t be called that if made anywhere else.

    • Lady Macbeth ex Hiddles F. says:

      Any Chianti made out of the Chianti area in Tuscany shouldn’t be called like that but they do it anyway, see the British supermarkets sporting Chianti all over the place….
      I was born in Tuscany and I can tell you that the DOCG and DOP labels are just European bureaucracy because everyone, even Tuscan winemakers, knows a way around their laws.

      Concerning Italian wines, many of them became too ‘popular’ in the 1980s and it is now very difficult to find Italian ‘real’ wines. No much difference from bad Italian wines to British ones, to be honest.
      At home we usually go for Australian and New Zealand wines now.

      For instance, famous Brunello di Montalcino tag risked a collapse recently:

      Camilla… LOL she seems nicer when she’s tipsy lol

      • paola says:

        It seems like Tuscan producers wanted to make profit with the help of cheaper grapes compromising the final result. Loopholes are available for every single law..It’s just disgusting to know that people are willing to compromise the name and the quality of a family business for the sake of money.

      • Lady Macbeth (Hiddles F.) says:

        Especially because it ruins the work of the honest winemakers too. Brunello is a very famous wine, minimum price for a bottle can start at about 50£ in UK. Until several hundreds of pounds for a bottle…..

        Tuscan olive oil is, unfortunately, going down the same route :( olive-oil-makers buying olives in Romania and Bulgaria and have them shipped at their local farms, mixing them with the local ones.
        I think it is commercialy speaking a very damaging action in the end, consumers tend to be put off by these scandals.

  5. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Camel Toe Lady should’ve had a better pedi. Lord have mercy, what is going on with that pinky toe?

  6. Izzy says:

    This story made me laugh out loud first thing in the morning, a near-impossible feat. Also, it made me like the Duchess more!

  7. Amelia says:

    I grew up in Cornwall – sod the bubbly, it’s allllll about the Scrumpy :)
    Very pleased we’ve got Charles and Camilla rather than Duke and Duchess Dolittle. I’m really fond of all of Charles’ Duchy produce, overpriced that it is. Particularly the Duchy biscuits.
    (Hur, hur, hur…)

  8. MrsBPitt says:

    I can’t imagine meeting Camilla and Charles and shoving my foot in their faces and saying “this is my camel toe” Real classy! ….I wouldn’t do that to any stranger (of course, I think feet are gross)..,.

  9. eliza says:

    Jeez. If you have to post your gross feet pictures, at least clean those cavewoman things up a bit prior to your social media photo.

  10. maybeiamcrazy says:

    Wtf is that woman wearing on her head in last picture? I generally enjoy the hats and fascinators British women wear but WTF?!

  11. Hope says:

    Omg, I can’t stop laughing! Viva la booze hound, I’m all for Queen Camilla when the time comes. The woman has a strong personality and obviously a great sense of humor. I want to bury her in shots and take her out dancing. I would kill to hear her tell the queen about the camel toe incident.

  12. Murphy says:

    I’m a big Camilla fan but even I can admit she doesn’t exactly look super fresh in these photos. Oh well, I’m sure she and Prince Charles had a good time.

  13. Dena says:

    In the last pic of C&C, she looks like she has a right good buzz going (it’s my birthday🎉) while Prince Charles looks a bit concerned (don’t start doing stupid sh*t 😾).😊

  14. Mom says:

    I’ve had lots of electrolysis over the years. The day I thought I needed electrolysis on my toes to take off some hair was the worst ever. Excruciating. I couldn’t stop myself from yelling.

  15. ArtHistorian says:

    I really like the photo with Charles and the man with the giant lobster. Charles looks like he’s worried that the lobster will pinch him. Priceless!

  16. LAK says:

    i adore Camilla. She’s a good sort and a good egg.

  17. Megan says:

    I love her butterfly dress, but can someone please, please, please confiscate all of the nude heels owned by members of the BRF.

  18. RobN says:

    I love the fact that despite all the recent stories of her and her drinking problems, she went out and had a couple and said F It.

    She’s officially my favorite Royal, whatever they choose to call her.

  19. Mrs McCubbins says:

    Isn’t Camilla’s hair cut the same way Diana’s was?

  20. TheCountess says:

    You go, girl. That’s what birthdays are good for.

  21. A Fan says:


    Tongues and toes (unless properly un-barnacled) should not be photographed. Yeesh.

    On another note, glad these two finally got together…can’t stop true love.

    [*Harry?? Chelsy??*]

  22. mayamae says:

    I re-read this story to see if I’m missing something. People honored a nineteen year old’s life by tattooing a labia euphemism on their feet? I get the impression that these are the type of people who fart after they ask you to pull their finger.

  23. nima3 says:

    That foot picture should have come with a warning! I was eating when I scrolled down and I almost barfed. The dirt around the baby toe is down right disgusting. *shudders*

  24. Milla says:

    ha ha ha ha ha …. This photo montage is the most ridiculous I’ve ever seen,,,,,, … this is obviously false, those tabloid magazines are the worst, but I laughed jajajjajaja King Charles and Queen Camillaha ha ha ha ha ….