Queen Consort Camilla chatted with The Crown actress Natascha McElhone ahead of the Booker Prize in London tonight after a storyline surrounding the star’s character Penny Knatchbull in the Netflix series sparked controversy.
While attending the star-studded event, which was also attended by Dua Lipa, Her Majesty chatted with the 52-year-old actress, who plays Penny Knatchbull in series five.
Last week, royal fans were up in arms after it was reported that the show would show Prince Philip, who was close friends with Penny, ‘pursuing an affair’ with her.
But the Queen Consort appeared unfazed by the reports as she beamed as she chatted to the actress ahead of the awards.
The Queen Consort appeared deep in conversation with British actress and star of Netflix’s The Crown, Natascha McElhone, at the Booker Prize 2022 awards at the Roundhouse
Queen Consort Camilla, 75, chatted with pop star Dua Lipa as she arrived at the Booker Prize 2022 awards, where she will present the winning author with their prize
Camilla, 75, arrived at the Roundhouse in London to present the award, which is presented each year for the best novel written in English and published in Britain or Ireland.
Dressed in a black lace dress, which was paired with a black clutch bag and sparkling earrings, Her Majesty beamed as she arrived at the awards.
The Queen Consort was also accompanied by her sister, Annabelle Elliot, as she met with officials from the award, including its chairman, Mark Damazer.
She looked effortless as she performed only her second solo royal engagement since taking on her new role as Queen Consort following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty looked comfortable in a black lace dress, black accessories and diamond dangling earrings as she arrived at the Roundhouse in London
The couple appeared to get on well despite royal fans’ fury over how the relationship between McElhone’s character Penny Knatchbull and Prince Philip is portrayed
Self-confessed literature lover Camilla appeared deep in conversation with actress Natascha prior to the ceremony.
Last Thursday, she took on her first solo engagement when she visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where she met with staff at the maternity ward, which is a central hub for women who have suffered from domestic violence.
While visiting the centre, Camilla, who is patron of the charity Safelives, met frontline domestic violence staff who specialize in dealing with all forms of abuse in families and relationships.
She also had a cup of tea with a pioneer of the charity, Shana Begum, and appeared delighted with Shana’s three-week-old son Jeremy at the unit.
Tonight, the Queen Consort will present a talented writer with the prestigious award in front of a star-studded audience, including singer Dua Lipa.
Shortlisted for this year’s award are: Glory, by NoViolet Bulawayo; Little Things Like These by Claire Keegan; Treacle Walker by Alan Garner; The Trees by Percival Everett; The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka and Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout.
Previous winners of the award include The Promise by Damon Galgut in 2021 and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart in 2020.
The Queen Consort spoke to shortlisted author Shehan Karunatilaka and pop star Dua Lipa ahead of the ceremony
Literature lover Camilla was also accompanied by her sister, Annabel Elliot, as she attended this year’s ceremony
The winner of the prize receives £50,000, of which £2,500 is also awarded to other shortlisted authors.
Eve Smith, secretary of the Booker Prize Foundation, said Queen Consort Camilla enjoys the event and takes an interest in the authors.
Speaking at the dimly lit drinks reception, Ms Smith said that as it was the first in-person Booker Prize ceremony since the pandemic, people could expect it to be “reimagined” and “something new”.
She said: “It’s great to have Her Majesty here because she really cares about the writers and even though she can’t come in previous years she’s always made sure she sees them, whether it’s at St James’s Palace .
“And so when we found out that she was going to come – we had kind of assumed that she wasn’t going to, just, you know, when the Queen died and she became Queen Consort, we kind of assumed that this could be one of those things she had to let go of, but no, she’s here, so that’s great.
“She enjoys being here. I think it’s one of those things where, while there’s obviously formality about it, there’s also a degree of informality that she really appreciates.”