The Duchess wrote a moving article for the Daily Telegraph to highlight the importance of remembering those who may be lonely during the festive period. Camilla, who is the patron of The Silver Line UK, a telephone helpline offering friendship and advice to older people, urged Britons caught up in today’s busy world to stop and be mindful of those who may be alone at this time of the year.
She wrote: “At this time of year, when many of us are putting the final touches to our Christmas plans, it is more important than ever to remember those people who may be on their own, not just at Christmas, but every day of the year.
“Most of us know what it is like to be lonely at some time or another, but for more and more elderly people loneliness is their daily routine.
“All too easily, the stoic older generation can become isolated through bereavement, illness, disability, or simply because they live far from their relatives.
“In today’s busy world, they do not want to be a burden to their friends and families, but days without any human contact can seem endless.”
Camilla, as “the proud patron of The Silver Line” then carried on speaking about the services offered by the charity and its staff’s enormous effort to help those in need.
She continued: “Many lonely and isolated people’s lives have been changed by this inspirational charity and, with your support, The Silver Line can continue to bring a little light into their otherwise dark days.”
Camilla’s touching words in the run-up to Christmas and her commitment to the charity she is a patron of was appreciated by royal fans and commentators on Twitter.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said: “The Duchess has done so much marvellous charitable work.
“It has been a very good year for her and for the Prince of Wales.”
A Twitter user replied to this comment, adding: “And the Duchess seems very in tune with people too.
“She is an asset to the Monarchy and a great support to her Husband and our Queen.”
Another said: “God Save The Duchess of Cornwall!”
The Duchess of Cornwall is expected to spend Christmas Day with the Queen at Sandringham House, in Norfolk.
Royal fans will be able to get a glimpse of Camilla and the Prince of Wales on December 25, when senior royals will walk from the Queen’s residence to St Mary Magdalene Church, the chapel regularly attended by the monarch when she is in Norfolk.
Camilla and Charles also attended the yearly Christmas party thrown by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
The couple were spotted arriving in two separate cars, followed by other members of the Royal Family.
This lunch is a tradition cherished by the royals, as it gives the chance to all members of the extended Royal Family to spend time together before the monarch travels to Norfolk for her two-month winter break.