Duchess of Cornwall for a special royal edition of Country Life magazine

She became a somewhat reluctant cover girl at the age of 75.

So when the Duchess of Cornwall was asked to guest edit – and appear on the cover of Country Life magazine, there was only one person she wanted to photograph…her beautiful girl.

The photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge appears in the July edition of the publication, just ahead of Camilla’s historic birthday on July 17.

It was taken at Ray Mill House, Camilla’s country home in Lacock, Wiltshire. She bought the six-bedroom property, 27km from the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove home, after her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid-1990s.

The cover image shows a relaxed and smiling Duchess in a blue and white floral dress and cardigan with minimal jewelry (along with her trusted Fitbit fitness tracker). A passionate gardener, she sits, smiling and relaxed, holding a gourd filled with pelargoniums.

The Duchess of Cornwall, 74, is seen beaming on the cover of Country Life in a photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, 40.

A royal source said it was Camilla's idea to ask Kate to take her portrait and she was 'delighted' (pictured together last month during Jubilee celebrations)

A royal source said it was Camilla’s idea to ask Kate to take her portrait and she was ‘delighted’ (pictured together at Jubilee celebrations last month)

A second portrait, also taken by Kate, is an informal photo of Camilla strolling through forget-me-nots in the gardens.

The younger of the two Duchesses is, of course, a keen amateur photographer and regularly posts photos she has taken of her children on their birthdays.

She is also Patron of the Royal Photographic Society and has been involved in a number of high-profile photographic projects.

The Duchess of Cornwall has joined a prestigious list of royal guest editors at the helm of Country Life to not only mark her 75th birthday, but also the magazine’s 125th anniversary.

It was taken at Ray Mill House, Camilla's country home in Lacock, Wiltshire.  She bought the six-bedroom property, 27km from the Prince of Wales' home in Highgrove, after her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid-1990s.

It was taken at Ray Mill House, Camilla’s country home in Lacock, Wiltshire. She bought the six-bedroom property, 27km from the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove home, after her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid-1990s.

Kate Middleton: The Royal Photographer!

Kate has been widely praised for her photographic portraits of her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

She documented milestones in their lives such as birthdays and first days at nursery which were published to mark the occasions.

Some of the most recent images include three photos of Louis posted when he celebrated his birthday on April 23.

She was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Photographic Society in January 2017 and Patron in 2019.

The Collectors Memorial issue, published July 13, will be the culmination of a year of celebrating the magazine’s role in marking the nation’s heritage and championing the countryside and rural life.

The royal edition will reflect the Duchess’ love of horses and dogs – she has two rescue Jack Russell terriers, Bluebell and Beth, and is patron of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

She’ll also reveal her campaign champions, her most cherished view, and her favorite recipe. It will focus on the Duchess’s work as a patron of over 90 charities, from Barnardo’s to the Royal School of Needlework and the Royal Society of Literature.

A royal source told the Mail it was the Duchess of Cornwall’s idea to ask Kate to take her portrait and she was “delighted” to accept.

Mark Hedges, editor of Country Life magazine, said: ‘Her Royal Highness is a passionate countrywoman and we are delighted that she is following her husband in chairing this commemorative edition.’

Camilla is the fourth guest royal editor, after Charles – twice – and Princess Anne.

Kate’s decision to photograph the Duchess of Cornwall is the final moment of unity between the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales and Camilla.

Over the past few months, the foursome have put on jovial and friendly displays together at public events, often led by Kate.

Kate is known to have a warm relationship with her stepfather and is said to have helped soften the sometimes rocky relationship between the heir to the throne and his son, William.

The Duchess was warmly welcomed into the family by Charles after her engagement to William, and was heard affectionately calling him grandfather in public on several occasions.

The younger of the two Duchesses is, of course, a keen amateur photographer and regularly posts photos she has taken of her children on their birthdays.

The younger of the two Duchesses is, of course, a keen amateur photographer and regularly posts photos she has taken of her children on their birthdays.

The Royal Edition was edited by the Duchess of Cornwall to mark her 75th birthday and the magazine's 125th anniversary

The Royal Edition was edited by the Duchess of Cornwall to mark her 75th birthday and the magazine’s 125th anniversary

During this time, she is often seen greeting him with a beaming smile, kissing him on the cheek.

Poignantly, she was pictured comforting the Prince of Wales after Prince Philip’s funeral procession last year.

In January, Kate, at the personal invitation of Prince Charles, joined him and Camilla on a visit to the Prince’s Foundation arts and culture training site at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.

It was the first time since 2012 that the trio had dated without William.

And during recent Jubilee events, the quartet have often been spotted laughing together.

At Trooping the Colour, Camilla rode in a horse-drawn carriage with Kate and the three Cambridge children, before the family watched the flyover together from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

On the second day of Jubilee celebrations, the quartet exchanged affectionate greetings at the Thanksgiving service for the Queen.

Meanwhile, Kate and Will showed off their family’s close bond with Camilla and Charles at the Platinum Pageant, when they asked ‘Grandpa’ to look after mischievous Prince Louis in a playful moment.

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