Duchess Camilla said she and Kate had "a lot of laughs" while shooting her magazine cover

The two seem really close.

Duchess Camilla with Duchess Kate
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Order Of The Garter Service at St George's Chapel on June 13, 2022 in Windsor, England. The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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The two seem really close.

Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker-Bowles made headlines last week when the Duchess of Cornwall’s Country Life magazine cover was revealed.

The future Queen consort asked Kate to take her portrait for the mag, which marked the Duchess of Cambridge’s first professional commission. Kate has a deep-seated love for photography, and royal fans were delighted that her husband’s mother-in-law chose her to take her photo — especially as Camilla’s relaxed posture showed how comfortable she seems to feel around Kate.

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Now, Camilla is opening up about the experience, and how happy she is to have chosen Kate as her photographer. "She did really good pictures and you know she does it very naturally… we had a lot of fun doing it," the Duchess revealed in the upcoming ITV documentary Camilla's Country Life, which airs on 13 July (via Hello!).

Camilla continued: "It was very relaxed and of course very kind of the Duchess of Cambridge… she's an extremely good photographer and it was all very casual, there wasn't much hair and make-up — it was just done in the garden with a lot of laughs — it was a lovely way of doing it."

We think it’s so sweet that the Duchesses have struck up such a friendship, and are supporting each other’s personal projects in this way: Camilla guest-edited the issue of Country Life whose cover she graces, and filmed a documentary about it, while Kate is always finding new ways to get involved with photography.

The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly inherited her passion for the medium from her grandfather, and she studied history of art at the University of St. Andrews, where she met Prince William. Since becoming a royal, she has often served as her brood’s own official photographer, graciously sharing beautiful portraits of William, George, Charlotte and Louis via Instagram, such as the one she used in her Father’s Day tribute to her husband.

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She also spearheaded the “Hold Still” photography project during lockdown, which documented British lives during the pandemic, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.

More photography from the Duchess of Cambridge please!

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.