Queen Elizabeth has given praise to her daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a speech at Prince Charles' 70th birthday bash, raising eyebrows as to whether she was trying to subtly approve to Camilla becoming Queen Consort.
Her Majesty held a celebration for the Prince of Wales' at Buckingham Palace as a tribute to her son's achievements.
The Queen said she felt "privileged" to toast her son, and in a very kind gesture the monarch praised her daughter-in-law Camilla for making Charles the man he is today.
The Queen said: "Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader - a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history – and a wonderful father.
"Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative.
"So this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original.
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