Camilla's Coat of Arms; Lynn Wyatt's annual Texas hoedown in the South of France; Cecile Zilkha receives French Legion of Honor award.

Bettina Zilkha

Bettina Zilkha

Photo By Steve Eichner

The Duchess of Cornwall, who just turned 58, stepped into her best new celadon green suit, pinned on two flower-shape diamond brooches and topped off her ensemble with a striking Philip Treacy straw hat covered with a fantasy laurel wreath of soft green silk leaves.

She was dressed like that to attend her first royal garden party at Buckingham Palace on the arm of Prince Charles, who himself was dashing in a gray morning suit with a sky blue tie and a top hat. The newlyweds wore smiles as wide as whales as they greeted as many of the 8,000 guests as possible outside the royal tent where Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of York and Princess Michael of Kent were having tea. There will always be an England.

Camilla received a very special birthday gift from her mother-in-law, who authorized and personally took what’s been described as a keen interest in designing the Duchess’ very own royal coat of arms, which was presented to her on her special day.

The blue, red, gold and green design displays both the coat of arms of the Prince of Wales and of Camilla’s father, Maj. Bruce Shand. It is flanked by the “royal lion supporter” from the Prince’s arms and a boar from Major Shand’s, and there is an arch crown topping it to which Camilla is entitled as the wife of the heir to the throne.

It has been officially announced that Charles and Camilla will come to the United States on their first foreign tour together in the fall. They will travel on a commercial airline to avoid criticism in England about the cost of private planes. And this in spite of the fact that the Duchess is a white-knuckle flier.

Except for a 24-hour period in which he attended President Reagan’s funeral, Charles has not visited the United States in over eight years.

As for the Duchess, she has decided to hold on to a bit of her former life and has changed her mind about selling Raymill House, where she lived with her family. The mansion, which is near Prince Charles’ Highgrove Estate, is so comfortable and full of memories that she decided to pass it onto her children.
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