It appears Britain’s leading royal ladies are committed to having their sisters support them every step of the way – much like Queen Elizabeth II’s close relationship with Princess Margaret.
Since Queen Camilla, 75, was coronated back in May, her sister Annabel Elliot, 74, has joined her at a number of events, including sitting alongside her in the Royal Box at Wimbledon this summer.
Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales, 41, has long included her sister Pippa Middleton, 39, in the bigger moments of her royal life, such as her annual Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey.
It seems Annabel and Pippa provide a pillar of support for their royal sisters, who appear to want to keep their siblings close, just like the late Queen’s apparent desire regarding PrincessMargaret.
It appears Britain’s leading royal ladies are committed to having their sisters support them every step of the way – much like Queen Elizabeth II’s close relationship with Princess Margaret
It seems Annabel and Pippa provide a pillar of support for their royal sisters, just like the late Queen’s apparent desire regarding Princess Margaret
Annabel – an interior designer and antiques dealer – has been described as her sister’s quieter counterpart.
The pair previously recalled spending their childhood rolling down hills, catching butterflies and dressing correctly for their strict grandmother while staying at their grandparents’ Hampshire home.
As young women, Camilla loved the debutante circuit while Annabel was rather more serious and preferred a quieter life ‘not the kind of girl to throw her knickers on the table’, as it has been put.
Annabel has said that Camilla, who was a debutante a year ahead of her, ‘was a great success, but I certainly wasn’t. I probably wasn’t quite as confident as her.’
At the same time, Annabel was seen as the more intelligent sister with ‘taste’, who eschewed the London party scene. Instead, she went to Florence to study art.
One friend asserted that Annabel, ‘with her style and good taste, is the one who should have been a duchess’.
‘She’d have been perfect,’ said the friend, ‘but would never want to change places. As for Camilla, she pulls it off, in her own way.’
In 1972, Annabel married her first real boyfriend at 23 – Simon Elliot, and in 1973 Camilla, aged 25, married her first husband – dashing Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles.
Annabel and her husband, who died in March aged 82, inhabited a country house in the Dorset village of Stourpaine where Charles and Camilla would meet for discreet weekends as secret lovers.
Since Queen Camilla, 75, was coronated back in May, her sister Annabel Elliot, 74, has joined her at a number of events
Annabel continued to support her sister throughout the difficulties of the relationship, driving Camilla away and out of public view when John Major announced in the Commons the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1992.
Annabel’s40th birthday party was where Diana confronted Camilla over her relationship with Charles.
Itwas her 50th birthday celebrations at the Ritz where Camilla came out as Charles’ partner,using the occasion to pose for their first public pictures together on the hotel steps.
Charles and Camilla have also been advocates of Annabel’s interior design business, reportedly paying her 1.5million for goods and design services since the pair married in 2005.
Annabel was paid forrefurbishing the Duchy’s holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Scilly Isles and Wales as well as the Duchy’s office in Restormel, Cornwall, and Penlyne Nursery, also in Cornwall.
She was also employed to oversee a huge interior design commission from the Duchy of Cornwall a 20-bedroom pub in the centre of Dorset model village Poundbury.
The Duchy admitted that the contract for the work was not put out to tender.
But a spokeswoman said that Elliot understood the Duchy’s commitment to environmental sustainability and to sympathetic design which is in-keeping with the local area.
In March this year, Charles and Camillawere among guests who flocked to the streets of Dorset to pay their respects to Camilla’s brother-in-law Simon Elliot.
The businessman was married to the royal’s younger sister Annabel for over 50 years and passed away at the age of 82.
The Queen was so close to her brother-in-law that she invited him and her sister Annabel to join her and Charles on their honeymoon in Scotland, Balmoral, after she wed the then Prince Charles in 2005.
In an apparent show of support to the King and Queen, Pippa joined the rest of the Middleton’s at the King’s Coronation in May
The Princess of Wales’ younger sister has attended both of Kate’s annual charity carol concerts
The King and Queen frequently visited the couple in Stourpaine when they were dating.
Grieving friends and family of the late businessman were pictured arriving at the service atHoly Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset earlier htis year.
Police sealed off all roads to the church during the service to allow Simon’s coffin to be driven through the small village.
Following the service, guests were seen making their way to the local pub The White Horse Inn.
Although Charles and Camilla were not pictured arriving at the funeral, they are understood to have attended the service in a show of support to his widow Annabel.
The church in Stourpaine is wherefunerals of the Queen’s brother, Mark Shand, and her father Major Bruce Shand, had previously been held.
Leading the mourners were Simon’s three children, former Conservative Party co-chairman Ben Elliot and his sisters, Alice and Catherine.
Queen Camilla was joined by two elegant companions as she walked alongside her sisterAnnabel and close friend The Marchioness of Lansdowne during the historic Coronation ceremony earlier this year.
The royal, 75, axed thecenturies-old tradition of having ladies-in-waiting as part of her retinuelast September – instead opting for a smaller number of ‘Queen’s companions’.
It’s evident that both have an eye for fashion and aesthetics – having worked in interior design – as the two women struck the perfect chord between sophistication and glamour with their gowns.
Fiona Clare created two long, ivory dresses for Her Majesty’s Companions, designed to complement each other whilst retaining individual touches in terms of the embroidery and choice of fabric.
Silveredging features on The Marchioness’s, whilst Annabel’s has a standing collar and hand-embroidered detail.
The royal had her two confidantes by her side throughout in the festive ceremony.
The sisters have been pictured at two big socialite calendar events this summer so far.
Queen Camilla and her sister were joinedby culinary royalty as both Her Majesty and Mary Berry attended the Royal Box at Wimbledon.
Meanwhile Annabel has been seen at a number of royal events this summer alongside the royal family, including Ascot
Meanwhile Camilla and Annabel’s close bond was also on show at Wimbledon earlier this summer
Elsewhere, both were in attendance asQueen Camilla appeared on the edge of her seat while attending her first Royal Ascot since the Coronation.
Meanwhile, in 2014, in herfirst-ever TV interview, Pippa revealedthat she’s extremely close to her sister Kate and spending time with family keeps them ‘affixed to the ground’.
She told Today that despite her sister’s life as a high-profile member of the Royal Family, not much has changed.
Pippa said: ‘I mean, obviously she has pressures that she’s taken on and things. But we spend a lot of time together. We still do a lot together as a family.
‘And I think that’s really the heart for all of us is having a really close family that we can sort of be normal with each other, treat each other normally. And that’s sort of kept us all, you know, affixed to the ground.’
Pippa was asked if she is still able to call Kate, now the Princess of Wales, anytime for ‘girl talk’.
She said: ‘Yeah. Yeah, we do we have a very normal, sisterly relationship. We’re very close. And, you know, we support each other and get each other’s opinions and things.’