Camilla joins front row of royal box for Diamond Jubilee concert… but a decade ago she took a back seatAt the 2002 Golden Jubilee concert Camilla sat between Princess Alexandra and Sir Michael PeatFor Diamond Jubilee she joins front row of royal box sat one seat away from the Queen
21:46 GMT, 4 June 2012
A decade ago she sat distanced from Prince Charles et al as she watched the Golden Jubilee pop party at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen's 50 years on the throne.
But today Camilla, wearing a duck egg blue ensemble, took her place on the front row of the Royal Box nestled between her husband Prince Charles and brother-in-law Prince Andrew as she watched the Diamond Jubilee concert unfold.
Having been implicated in the breakdown of Diana and Charles' marriage, the 64-year-old found it difficult to win over her new family at first, but now it is clear that any lingering opposition is well and truly over.
Camilla pictured in the distance during the Golden Jubilee pop party at Buckingham Palace in 2002
All change: Camilla took her place on the front row of the Royal Box as she watched the Diamond Jubilee concert
Even in 2002 her appearance in the Royal Box was viewed a dramatic gesture signalling an end to years of bitterness, between herself and the Queen.
From that moment it was understood that she would be
invited to family events, from which she
had been excluded for years.
For Camila – whose name the Queen once refused to have mentioned in her presence – the invitation to televised event was something of a breakthrough and friends at the time said she was 'extremely nervous' at her first step into the limelight.
The apparent ending of any lingering family opposition to her was also hastened by the death of the Queen Mother on March 30 2002.
During the Golden Jubilee concert Camilla sat between Princess Alexandra – one of her staunchest supporters – and Sir Michael Peat, the Queen's finance chief and the man who engineered her invitations.
A cheerful Charles was in the row
ahead, next to his mother. The Queen talked briefly to Camilla
at the end of the concert before going on stage with the performers.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Charles and the Duke of York also appeared on the front row of the royal box
Heston Blumenthal, who created a five-course picnic for the event, secured a place in the royal box as did David Cameron and his wife Samantha
was their warmest conversation since her son went
public about their relationship amid considerable royal unease three
Camilla, wearing a pale
pink suit and earrings that were a gift from Charles, gave a deep
curtsy. A friend said later: 'She was very touched and grateful to have
Today she took prime position in the front row of the royal box along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Charles and the Duke of York.
Seated at the rear were former Prime Minister Sir John Major and his wife Norma, with the Queen’s official bean counter, Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Alan Reid, and Olympic Organising Committee Chairman Lord Coe and his new wife Carole Annett as well as chef Heston Blumenthal, who had created the pre-party picnic.
Robbie Williams kicked off proceedings, singing his hit song Let Me Entertain You to the thousands of fans who managed to secure tickets to the celebrations.
The singer had donned his own military-style jacket in navy with his initials embellished in gold on his cuffs. Following his performance Robbie saluted the Royal box where the family sat with the best view of the proceedings.
Robbie Williams looked dapper in his military-inspired outfit with his initials embellished on his cuffs
Robbie Williams was the first act to take to the stage at the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace
Family affair: Prince William and Harry were seen beaming while Kate waved her flag with plenty of enthusiasm