Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall surprises in chic midi dress at ‘remarkable’ awards show

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall presented awards during the Oldie of the Year Awards ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, which celebrates the best of the older generation. The 74-year-old Duchess looked incredible at the awards, which have taken place for the last 29 years. Clarence House posted the following on Twitter: “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Oldie of the Year Awards!

Camilla could be seen stepping out in the navy number, which featured a contrasting white shirt-style collar, a pleated hem and white detailing on the sleeves.

The royal accessorised with a matching navy clutch bag, black tights and simple black heels.

She looked very sophisticated whilst attending the special event.

Camilla wore her hair in her signature platinum blow-dry and could be seen sporting her favourite Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery.

Twitter user @sunshinebreeze6 wrote: “Camilla is looking great! She really has come into her own.

“So happy she’s out helping the family with doing her charity work and having a good fun time while doing it!”


The Duchess was joined by Gyles Brandreth, chairman of the awards, for the publication’s first in-person ceremony since 2019 at The Savoy Hotel in London.

For the past 29 years, The Oldie of The Year Awards has celebrated the achievements of those of the older generation who have made a special contribution to public life.

Previous winners have included Oscar winners, Nobel laureates, community care nurses, and veteran athletes.

Even notable figures like Sir John Major, Dame Olivia de Havilland, and David Hockney have won awards.

Camilla handed out awards such as Oldie Champion Knitter of the Year and Truly Scrumptious Oldie of the Year.

Camilla gave a speech, starting with the history of the Abraham Lincoln Room at The Savoy hotel, where the event was held.

This was where the American community in London frequently gathered during World War I and where Winston Churchill dined with his cabinet during World War II.

“Now, this is a room rich in history, so an appropriate setting for this year’s Oldie of the Year Awards, which recognize the achievements of a range of remarkable older people who have made a special contribution to the world and who all — in the words of your founding editor, Richard Ingrams: ‘still have snap in their celery,’” Camilla said.

“Famously, Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Whatever you are, be a good one.’ And I think we can agree that, whatever they are, today’s winners are very good ones indeed. My warm congratulations to all of them,” she added.

Camilla’s mother-in-law, The Queen, “politely but firmly” turned down a trophy from this year’s ceremony because she “didn’t believe she met the relevant criteria” to accept.

Her Majesty graciously declined the award, stating that “you are only as old as you feel”.

Gyles Brandreth wrote to her private secretary Sir Edward Young to ask if she would accept the main Oldie of the Year.

But in a letter published in the November issue of the magazine, her assistant private secretary Tom Laing-Baker wrote: “Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient.”

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