Duchess Camilla will host the ‘Big Lunch’ during next year’s Jubilee

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There’s still so much energy going into Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. I realize that planning for this four-day “holiday” is a huge endeavor and that changing course would be like trying to make a huge battleship stop on a dime. Of course all of that is true, but don’t you think that they should perhaps settle down with all of the big “announcements” about who’s going to host what, especially given the Queen’s markedly declining health? It’s possible that the Queen is cheered up by all of the planning, but it seems like a lot just to cheer up one elderly lady. Anyway, here’s the latest: the Duchess of Cornwall will host something or other.

The Duchess of Cornwall will play a leading part in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, in a sign of her rising role within the Royal Family. Camilla will preside over the ‘Big Lunch’, where thousands of groups of families and friends get together for street parties to mark 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, will pass the milestone on February 6, and the lunch will be part of a long bank holiday weekend of celebrations and events planned for June. With the Queen, 95, undertaking fewer duties, Prince Charles and his wife are increasingly being called upon to take the lead in areas which would normally fall to the head of state.

A Palace source said: ‘This is part of a range of events taking place but it means Camilla will have a central role in leading the nation in the celebrations in a sign of her growing responsibilities.’

With a raised public profile, Camilla also has a new hairdresser, has started wearing a Fitbit exercise watch to keep in shape and gave an interview to ITV Racing yesterday at Ascot as she takes on the Queen’s role of championing the monarch’s favourite sport.

[From The Daily Mail]

Man, Camilla really got much more than she bargained for when she became Charles’ favorite mistress. I’m not sure she had any idea that he would fall in love so thoroughly or that he would fight this hard to have her be “accepted.” And not only that, she has to work! She works more than William and Kate combined. It feels like the Cambridges would have been the more natural choice to host the ‘Big Lunch,’ but here we are. Allow the 74-year-old “future Queen” to do it.

We better hope no one gets gassy at the Big Lunch! If anyone farts in Camilla’s presence, she won’t shut up about it for weeks after.

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  1. Tisme says:

    Hello bronzer!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I have tried for years to dislike Camilla but no matter how hard I tried I cannot do it. If I had to spend a long weekend with one of the Royals, I would only do it with Camilla. It would also have to be at her house with no Charles III present and hopefully he would not even pop-in.

      • Betsy says:

        Me too. That doesn’t mean that what she and Charles did to Diana was appropriate, but she just seems likable.

      • Alexandria says:

        Ugh I wouldn’t. I’ll take Charlotte to a theme park or something but her nanny must come along 😃

      • RoyalBlue says:

        It’s Eugenie or Harry for me. The rest of them can go suck on a lemon.

      • Tessa says:

        I don’t like her because of the way she treated Diana and years later after Harry and Meghan. The way she behaved at the Sussex wedding was rude. I don’t see anything likeable about her. I would not have liked her but I would have given her points if she treated Harry and Meghan well but she smirked at Kate during the wedding of the Sussexes, I think she’s very rude to people who get in her way so to speak and I think she would not “sit down and drink” with average people I think she is rather snobbish. She had elevated status since she became PRince Charles’ mistress then later wife. It’s not as if she were the sweet old lady, Charles first sweetheart who reconnected after his ex wife died. She was with Charles the Whole Time of his first marriage, Plus Diana was only a teenager when Charles got engaged to her. Not a level playing field. Her “success” came at the expense of another woman and it’s not as if Camilla IMO did not know what she was doing. She even went to Stuart Higgins to “check in” with him by phone with her “inside story” during the Diana years. But it does not matter, she still is set to be Queen Consort no matter what.

      • ElleV says:

        oooh that’s a fun game – which of the working royals would you spend a long weekend with? running through the options I would probably pick camilla too – boozy, lazy, horsey, and she and Charles look like they eat well. she’s probably the most amusing company of the lot.

        if we’re expanding beyond working royals – fergie might be fun too because she probably would blab all the goss at the slightest provocation.

        obviously, meghan and harry are the people you most want to be friends with – but if I’m being honest, they’re too cool for me and i’d be socially anxious and starstruck the whole time

    • Tessa says:

      And it is typical that the most interesting ones Meghan and Harry are not around in the UK. The royals are dull. I don’t find any one of them particularly likeable, excluding the children of course and Eugenie and Jack.

  2. Elizabeth Regina says:

    Sadly TOB and his wife couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. Camilla and the whole family deserve every bit of heat they are getting. People just want the extra Bank Holidays.

  3. Va Va Kaboom says:

    I don’t remember where I read this, but everyone planning it knew/knows the Queen may die before the jubilee. Basically, unless she dies the morning before, it’s going to happen whether or not she’s around.

    I think that’s why they keep the announcing details, they want the public to know the RF juggernaut will keep moving no matter what.

    • Lady Digby says:

      Would they convert these events to coronation type occasions if TQ goes to her heavenly reward? Boy is she in for s surprise when she discovers God is into equality and all souls are equal!

      • joan says:

        I say abolish titles…Start from the Queen and work your way down the line of succession…Abolish them all…We are going into 2022 not 1522 !
        Enough already…Many religions refuse to bow or curtsey to anyone with a title.
        To them only God is deserving of reverence.

    • Sofia says:

      I imagine there’s 2 jubilees being planned: one where she’s alive and one where she isn’t. I know planning one itself is a lot of work but I wouldn’t be surprised if 2 were being planned because of her age.

      • liz says:

        I suspect they are just planning one, with everyone involved quietly understanding that it may have to be cancelled at the last minute. They aren’t going to hold a Jubilee when they have just had or are planning a state funeral and a coronation later in the year.

        Cancelling a big event isn’t necessarily difficult. It’s just a matter of making phone calls/sending emails saying “Not Gonna Happen.” It can, however, be very, very expensive – after a certain date, vendors expect to be paid, regardless of whether or not the event actually happens.

      • Lionel says:

        Yes, I imagine they’re going forward with it one way or the other. Either as a jubilee if she’s alive or a memorial/celebration of her historic reign if she’s not. (Whatever you think of her, she’s still the longest-ruling British monarch in history, so a celebration of that even if she’s gone doesn’t seem inappropriate.)

      • Sofia says:

        @Liz: Cancelling an event of this magnitude is not as easy as “making a few phone calls”. It would be much easier to create alternate plans instead of chucking the whole thing in the bin. And as @Lionel said, she’s the longest reigning monarch ever in the UK so she’s going to get a celebration whether or not she’s alive to see it.

    • Va Va Kaboom says:

      This is the original article. Upon rereading it, I more inferred it’s going forward with or without the Queen. They discuss her health issues, the fact Prince Philip almost didn’t attend the last jubilee because of his health issues, the controversies currently surrounding the family, and the immense importance and efforts being put into this one…. I came away with the conclusion they’re prepared for ALL possibilities. But the hope is to continue on in some form or another. Especially that four day Bank holiday…

      I imagine the Jubilee will become more of a memorial service for her and very very light coronation for Charles than a straight celebration of her reign. But who really knows. I think the details will depend greatly on how much time has passed since her death and how far off Charles’s official coronation is set.


    • Jan90067 says:

      I posted to Kaiser on Twitter that I think Cam is hosting because the Grey Men are covering their bases: TQ won’t make it to the Jubilee, and this will be a commemorative, and a (somber) pre-coronation party for Chuck.

      Frankly, I think if Ol’ Brenda is still around next summer, her fragility will not allow her to participate much, if at all. They are probably pre-taping a video right now, “just in case”, so she can appear as she is now in case she is in rapidly failing health (which you *know* they will keep from the public as much as possible; I mean, look at how they propped up PP until he died one month after coming out of the hospital).

  4. SarahLee says:

    It will be a Big Boozy Lunch if The Rottweiler hosts it.

    • Gabby says:

      Perhaps. But if I had to choose between attending a BIG LUNCH hosted by Camilla or one by the Hatebridges, I would choose Camilla’s in a split second. At least there will be a chance of a smile and a laugh.

      Oh and my 2 cents….if Camilla could go back in time, knowing what she knows now, I’ll bet my car she would not get involved with Charles.

    • Tessa says:

      I’d rather be visiting Harry and Meghan and Family in California. I would not go near anything hosted by Charles, Camilla, Kate and William. The biggest disappointment is William the way he is behaving and getting to do as he pleases by his father and grandmother. Camilla is not a “woman of the people” she goes to appearances and gets whisked away in limos.Camilla I think is a snob. I think Camilla would do exactly the same thing if she had to do it over again.

  5. Nina says:

    I think this is more about cheering Camilla rather than the Queen. There’s more news about Camilla in the last month than in the last 2 years. it’s obvious since Queen’s health is getting worse that RR got the memo to embiggen Camilla

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Nina, I agree! We are seeing more pro-Camilla being posted lately. I think they want, Chaz is driving this car, to see Camilla as the next QC or Q, when TQ dies. Chaz wants it to be known that even though their relationship was an enormous scandal, they are married now and she has duties ahead of her when TQ passes. Chaz is out there pushing her into the spotlight more.

      Let’s face it, FFKeen couldn’t put together a presentation with regards to early childhood development, do you think they would give her something as important as this? It would be put together in five years, yet alone 5 months!!

      • Tessa says:

        I find the next two monarchs and their consorts extremely disappointing. Charles has the work ethic but he really messed up by letting William drive his brother out. Very very disappointing. Camilla had an embiggening campaign on her seventieth birthday with a very saccharine “tribute” to her by Penny Junor which of course included Diana bashing. I expect on Camilla’s 75th birthday there will be huge “tributes.”

  6. Lizzie says:

    Everything about the rf is an embiggening article if it’s in the fail. I should hope the fqc would play a leading role. The question is why do we see the ffqc’s every freaking day?

  7. What says:

    What does a hairdresser have to do with hosting something next year. She does look better but if she does a small facelift and get her teeth fixed. Camilla will be so much easier to look at

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ What, you are so spot on!! I wish she would have a little bit of work down as she looks older than she is. My sister is her age and looks nothing like Camilla and she has never had work done. But I think Camilla likes booze which takes its toll on the body and face much quicker. My sister owned a dance studio and competed in Argentina in the tango dance. She was a hippy that never grew out of it.

    • teecee says:

      Women are not ornamental objects. There is nothing wrong with her (or any woman’s) natural appearance. Aging is not a sin, nor is it a sign of failure. No one is young and charming and beautiful forever, and most people were never all three of those things at once, ever.

    • Jan90067 says:

      She may have a “new” hairdresser, but it is the same old tired style she’s had since the 1970s, because Chuckie “likes” it that way. KKKhate is the same as Cam, saying “William *likes* it long” so she doesn’t change up (always thought that was a SWF for Jecca though).

      Think about it: NONE of these women in the family change their hair. Anne’s had the same one since her 20s (last time she wore it down with any regularity), Brenda has the same exact style since *her* 20s, with an occasional updo (but the two “wings” at the side of the backcombed front stay the same), Sofiesta just varies the length by a couple of inches, but it’s the same side part curtain (with an occasional updo). When has Zara, Bea, or Eugenie changed their styles? ALWAYS the same, same, same.

      Not ONE of them ever experiments with a trend (bob anyone? Shag? Different color?).

      • Fanciful says:

        Sophie started with a Diana cut (short) that Diana apparently commented on. These days her hair is very long. So I guess she wins for the most changes. It’s just that no one notices her. Pretty sure she did a bob at one point as well.

    • ANON says:

      This is not an appropriate comment. There’s lots to despise about Fart Gossiper, but saying she needs plastic surgery ain’t it.

  8. What says:

    What does a hairdresser have to do with hosting something next year. She does look better but if she does a small facelift and get her teeth fixed. Camilla will be so much easier to look at

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The Daily Fail likes to write about hairdressers, stylist and how many bathrooms one has in one’s house.

    • Tessa says:

      Camilla smoked a lot. So much so Diana would notice the cigarette smoke on the curtains when she would return to Highgrove after Camilla spent a weekend there. It ruined her skin. And she went out in the sun with equestrian sports including foxhunting and I doubt wore sun screen. I don’t think treatments would be able to help much.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    This is what Camilla wanted. I think the Royal Family are pushing her out there to show the public she’s deserving of being Queen Consort.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      For sure. Camilla is living out her wet dream and Charles is only too happy to accommodate her.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t think it matters what the public thinks. It was a done deal IMO when Charles started her training with Bolland way back in 1997.

  10. Kfg says:

    Dude there isn’t going to be a jubilee! They need to just admit that ish and stop with the bs!. H&M won’t be back and you’re stuck with the lames and sofiesta and Ford no focus.

    • Tessa says:

      I find them all cringeworthy. Starting with C and C. and moving down. Kate I think will just get worse and worse and William will be eternally incandescent.

    • Monica says:

      If they want a jubilee they’d better put Queenie in an oxygen chamber lined with bubble wrap until next June.

  11. Hannah says:

    Brit here 🇬🇧 I don’t think you comprehend the massive, and I do mean massive, positive PR spin Camilla is getting here in Blighty rn. Chucky Cheese is doing everything possible to ensure that once he becomes ‘King’, Camilla will be Her Majesty Queen Camilla. We’ve always been told there can only ever be one *star* in the RF. Well rn, that is Camilla. Chuck is letting no one, especially not the Cambs, take ANY shine away from Camilla as she (Camilla) HAS to be ready any minute, literally, to become Queen (Consort) and be loved by us proles