Queen Camilla was given the prestigious ‘Order of New Zealand’ honor

Here are some photos of Queen Camilla last week in Suffolk, where she visited The British Racing School and posed with equestrians and horses. It’s no secret Camilla loves horses, and she seemed to enjoy this event and even wandered inside the stables. This was her last event before she retired to Ray Mill, where she’s been staying while her husband was on vacation in Transylvania. Before King Charles left the country, he issued some new “honours.” One of those honors was for his wife and people are NOT pleased.

Queen Camilla was given the highest honor in the King’s Birthday Honors, but not everyone approves of the decision. The 75-year-old royal has been made an additional member of the Order of New Zealand, which is the nation’s most prestigious honor. Membership is limited to just 20 living persons, some of whom include film director Peter Jackson and opera singer Malvina Major. The honor was created in 1987 “to recognize outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity” and carries an extravagant insignia of an oval medallion of the country’s coat of arms.

The Queen Consort has visited New Zealand on multiple occasions during her royal career, with her most recent trip taking place in 2019. Joined by King Charles III, the mum-of-two spent six days in the country carrying out a variety of public engagements. The couple notably visited Christchurch, Northland, Auckland, and Kaikōura, and met with the former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

In an official statement released by the government, Camilla was acknowledged for her engagement “with organizations aligned with her charitable work and interests” in the Pacific Ocean nation.

The King’s decision to give the top honor to Camilla has been met with some backlash in New Zealand. Some people questioned how deserving she was of the award, which has historically been reserved for native Kiwis.

“Queen Camilla’s inclusion in today’s honours hits a bit of a bum note tbh. I’m sure she’s a perfectly fine person but her “services to New Zealand” (visiting 3 times and saying hi to some charities) don’t stack up against the other worthies on that list,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“Queen Camilla given highest honour “for services to New Zealand”?! How ridiculous!” another person complained, while one person said, “I have nothing against Queen Camilla, and I wish her and Charlie a nice life together, but there’s no way she deserved to be appointed to the Order of New Zealand.”

[From Yahoo News]

Yeah… I realize that royals love to give each other medals and honors, but giving Camilla a special (and prestigious) honor tied to a country she’s only visited a few times? It’s in poor form. Especially since the palace didn’t package it with anything in particular. Like, the palace still hasn’t confirmed anything about King Charles and Queen Camilla’s plans to travel to commonwealth countries now that they’re in charge. Post-coronation, that should have been priority #1 – traveling around to all of the British realms, touring the countries which still use Charles as their head of state. Instead, it’s been crickets. No plans to tour New Zealand, Australia, Canada or any of the Caribbean countries (many of which are in the process of dumping Charles and Camilla). The fact that Charles has instead prioritized trips to Germany, France and now Romania? Sucks to be a British realm, I guess.

Photos courtesy of Cover Images.

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  1. holly says:

    Your choice of photos, priceless.

    • ML says:

      Sort of unfair to the horse, but it’s a really funny photo. I wonder who took it and how it wasn’t blocked by BP. Brilliant choice!

    • She shall be renamed Horsilla for two reasons. 1. The picture says it all. 2. Well we all know what she is so….

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Kaiser has such a brilliant and unique insight as to her photo choices that all seem to speak for themselves. The photo choices alone are enough to brighten anyone’s day!!

    • Nieve says:

      i’d write what my Maori BF said on this but i’ll be banned from the site if i do lmao

    • Christine says:

      I barked, I laughed so hard! OMG, is this one new?

    • SIde Eye says:

      Those photos are golden!

      Camilla: Hello handsome!

      The Horse: You is basic. You is trifling. You is annoying.

  2. Izzy says:

    That top photo had me whooping with laughter first thing this morning. The placement of the horse’s ears… chef’s kiss.

  3. girl_nina says:

    Charlie is determined to throw any and all titles and honors at his mistress wife. There such embarrassments and lack any dignity or couth. Harry and Willy ask that he not marry this person years back but he did not listen and Chuck just makes it worse.

    Oh well…lipstick on a pig and all that.

    • Chloe says:

      I was wondering if this new honor was a sign of his love or if something else is going on. Incan’t remember a time where charles and Camilla vacationed apart.

      Or maybe i am wrong and they’ve always done this.

      • Tessa says:

        Charles took retreats without Camilla for years

      • Jensa says:

        I think they largely live apart, in fact. She’s almost always at her own home.

      • VoominVava says:

        Maybe they prefer to live as they did when he was married to his first wife. Keep the spark and all that. 😛

    • AnnaKist says:

      Well, I just wanted to ask, what has she done that is so noteworthy – especially in New Zealand – that she deserves a special honour? Apart from shagging Charles, that is. I don’t think we have any such honours in Australia., thank goodness.

      As far as travelling down, here is concerned, as was originally planned, they can just stay put. We have more important things to deal with than showing them a good time. Mind you, they are quite elderly now, and not as spry as what they were even three or four years ago. I don’t think they will be taking many long trips anymore.

  4. Mariana says:

    These people really get awards just for existing, don’t they?

    • Josephine says:

      they really do. they all stumble through life doing more harm than good and are awarded medals for being mommy’s little grifter or being a nasty little sidepiece. the english need to wake the f up

    • Tacky says:

      Why is Charles handing out memberships to the Order of New Zealand? The whole thing is so weird.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    I agree this is a weird decision. What has she contributed to NZ? Plus to me she “worked” more when she was Duchess of Cornwall. I guess she feels that now she’s Queen she has nothing else to prove to the public.

    • Tessa says:

      More things that Camilla never wanted. The spin was she never wanted anything.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Bravo to the Kiwis voicing their disgust and anger for this highly coveted award placed upon her for no other reason then being the mistress turned wife of KFC. Cruella has nothing to show to even be considered, yet alone chosen. This is an outright slap in the face to ALL of NZ and their people.

      Charles looks more OOT, tone deaf and blatantly ignorant as each day passes.

  6. Geegee says:

    If that is not a sign it’s time for new Zealand to break away. I don’t know what is. Why is this tool even choosing new Zealands honors. What does he even know about the country.

    • Cara says:

      This is a sign. Wake up, New Zealand!! The monarchy just took a big steaming dump on you by giving your special award to the least deserving human on the planet. She has contributed nothing to you or your culture. She is openly dismissive, rude, and disrespectful to your people. You know what to do.

  7. equality says:

    Interesting how the “working” royals give themselves awards for just existing and other organizations give H&M awards for actual actions.

  8. Penelope Pittstop says:

    What is going on inside Chuck’s head?
    1. He didn’t need a coronation, and certainly not so soon.
    2. Camilla will always be seen as his mistress turned consort. Her new title doesn’t hold water as most who know their story think it’s shameful.
    3. His slimmed down monarchy is a disaster.
    4. Adding unworthies to a prestigious list like Order of New Zealand just makes the award unworthy.

  9. EasternViolet says:

    Didn’t she breeze past some maori dancers in traditional dance on commonwealth day this year? Incredibly rude. At least Charles had the courtesy of stopping by and taking notice. I hope Kiwis get super loud about this.

    • Shawna says:

      This! Would be nice if some news outlet picked up on that and ran with it.

    • TrixC says:

      My thoughts exactly. I’m a kiwi and it’s pretty clear she has no interest in Aotearoa or respect for our customs.

      • EasternViolet says:

        If its any consolation, she was absolutely vile when in Canada a few years back and openly laughed at Inuit women performing their throat singing.

  10. Tessa says:

    Charles is incredibly stupid.

    • Jojo says:

      Tbh @Tessa that’s all that needs to be said about this. Charles is indeed incredibly stupid.

  11. Feebee says:

    You’re right, no-one’s happy about it. Well, not that they’ll say to my face of thunder when it was announced.

    The last NZ contact she had was snubbing a Māori contingent in London. She has zero business being on the Order of New Zealand list.

  12. Lee says:

    Where’s the article about the latest Middleton business issues

  13. Snuffles says:

    It’s just one big circle jerk with these people. Completely oblivious.

  14. Brassy Rebel says:

    Charles is afraid to set foot in any commonwealth country where he is still head of state. He knows it won’t go well. The backlash to this announcement underscores how sensitive people in these countries are about their status as “subjects” not citizens.

    I never think of Camilla as a “mum of two”. 😆

  15. Jais says:

    Order shmorder. I can’t with this.

  16. Reign says:

    King Charles seems completely tone deaf and unaware/uninterested in current culture.
    To me he seems to adore the pomp and pageant with a wistful hope for autocratic loyalty and awe.
    As if more badges and medals will confirm they are loved and respected and admired and simply needed to be the anointed head. Hopeful we will bow and scrape to the working royals, separating the gold from the dirt so to speak.

  17. SarahCS says:


  18. SarahCS says:

    On a different note, did the description of her as a ‘mum of two’ stand out to anyone else? Is this the latest PR push and/or sign of increased focus on her family now she’s got the crown on her head? It seem a strange term to use if it’s not part of a bigger game plan (she says, adjusting her tinfoil tiara).

    • Blithe says:

      That struck me as sounding oddly off. “Mum of two” seems like a strange way to refer to someone with adult offspring — as though it’s her primary identity. Perhaps the writer couldn’t come up with anything else that was remotely positive or relatable to say?

      The only other reason I can imagine for identifying her as a “mum of two” is that honors of some sort are in the works for her “two” kids.

      • SarahCS says:

        The latter is what seems more likely, her two are going to be brought closer and closer into the ‘royal’ family from here on. We know she and her ex are schemers and Tom in particular seems to have been very happy to capitalise on his connections. Grifters the lot of them.

      • BeanieBean says:

        That’s how these misogynists always refer to women, as mums or grandmothers, no matter the topic. I think it’s a way to reinforce gender stereotypes & at the same time demean women. This mum of two actually did x, y, z! (My outrage would work better if they were reporting on an actual accomplishment of Camilla’s, but you get my point.)

  19. UNCDancer says:

    Charles is such a ridiculous and needy man. Yes, love your wife, cherish her and honor her. Good job! Using the state apparatus to make sure that others are compelled to do so as well? GTFOH.

    • Tessa says:

      Charles should just purchase bling for Camilla instead of giving awards she did not earn or deserve. Next her children will get orders and titles

  20. Chaine says:

    I wish every other member of the Order of New Zealand would resign in protest

  21. Noor says:

    Another example of overreaching decision from Charles not grounded in reality. Remember the people’s pledge during coronation that had to be withdrawn or tone down , Charles keep pushing the envelope of goodwill that he currently enjoys.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t see Charles having good will with those protests against him. He is on thin ice .

  22. Harper says:

    So crowning Cams as queen is still not enough for CRex? Was Queen Elizabeth a member of this New Zealand twenty? It would tell me a lot; also explain why there is an opening. I can see CRex wanting to bestow every honor his mother held onto Cams to legitimize her.

    • BQM says:

      The Sovereign is automatically a member. It’s issued in their name. They don’t count towards the 20.

      • Harper says:

        So CRex is a member and Cams is a member. It seems like overkill/insecurity/indulgence where Cams is concerned.

  23. tamsin says:

    I don’t understand why this is something Charles can confer. Doesn’t this have to come from New Zealand’s government. Technically, Charles can officially confer it, but it’s something the monarch rubber stamps.

    • BQM says:

      It comes from the sovereign on advice of the NZ PM. Same with the Australian order.

      • MipMip says:

        Hilarious that the NZ PM would “advise” this. 😂

        “Yes, your majesty, all of New Zealand adores Camilla. We searched the whole country for a 20th person deserving of such an accolade but it was as if the entire nation rose up in one voice and said “it must be the horsey one.”

  24. TangerineTree says:

    Perhaps this will make it clear to New Zealand that Charles is the king. He could have given this award to Andrew. Hope this helps the movement to become a republic.

  25. BQM says:

    She’s an additional member NOT an ordinary one. That is the one limited to no more than 20. Additional members are often named to commemorate royal events like coronations. Does she deserve it? No. Philip, for instance, was made an additional one after more than a dozen major visits, including solo, over 50 years. Is it surprising Charles would do it? No.

  26. Aud says:

    We don’t want them in Canada anyways. We only remain in the Commonwealth because it would be too expensive and complicated to ditch it.

  27. j.ferber says:

    New Zealand needs to bust up their commonwealth status with England. New Zealand honors belong to New Zealanders, especially those native to New Zealand. Kick England out already. Their claws are in too many pies.

  28. kelleybelle says:

    An outrage.

  29. SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

    There was a brief discussion of this travesty in my office in NZ, quotes include “WTF”, “crawly suck-ups” and “Queen Slut of Slutdonia”.

  30. AnneL says:

    I swear I can’t look at any of Kaiser’s pictures of Camilla now without thinking of Fred Armison playing her on Weekend Update. They did a pre-wedding interview for her and Chuck and it was hilarious.

    I am not a Kiwi but I’m outraged on their behalf that she was given this wholly unearned honor.

  31. Peanut Butter says:

    What an insult to New Zealand. god, Charles & his bride are profoundly clueless, arrogant, and disengaged from the unfortunate people who have to be their subjects … for the time being.

  32. HeyKay says:

    I know every Gov’t has their hands full but, FGS make time to get away from the Commonwealth.
    Start the process Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Oz, NZ, Canada, everybody.
    C’mon Leaders! Keep it in the public eye, keeping moving forward on it.
    At minimum, always bring up the fact that the BRF does next to nothing for your countries, they do spend money tho.

    KC the tampon King is just insulting to so, so many people.

    • Bee says:

      Ireland is already independent! Northern Ireland should join in and unify. As an Irish descended American, I would love to see it.