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The Duchesses of Cambridge and Cornwall find the perfect way to bond

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 07/07/22

How Kate Middleton's passion helps to build bridges and unite a famously fractious family.

When the Duchess of Cornwall was asked to guest edit an edition of the popular Country Living magazine in celebration of her upcoming 75th birthday, she looked to her daughter-in-law to offer a helping hand.

One of the jobs Camilla, the wife of Prince Charles, had to pull off was a photo for the cover page. And when it comes to photography, there’s one family member, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is not only a keen photographer, but has used her passion to champion important causes, as well as keep the public up-to-date on how her children are growing.

So it was perhaps a natural choice that Catherine turned up with camera in hand to take a perfect snap of Camilla in the grounds of the beautiful Ray Mill House country retreat, Warwickshire.

The Instagram account of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall shared some photos of the photoshoot, including a snap taken of Catherine while she was busy clicking away. The results seem very natural — perhaps because the photographer knows her subject so well — and very professional.

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According to the Daily Mail, the managing and features editor of the magazine, Paula Lester, shared that they “could not be happier’ with the final pics,” sharing, “in fact, the set of images she took was so good that we struggled to choose only three, from which the Duchess of Cornwall made her final selection.”

While Catherine, who is also the patron of the Royal Photographic society, has shown her photography credentials, perhaps what is more impressive is the way the two in-laws found a practical way to bond.

As many men and women will attest, it’s not always easy to build close relationships with our spouse’s family members. And with the royal family in particular, the disharmony between various family members has been played out over the years for the whole world to witness.

So it’s heartening to see that at least these two family members are finding healthy ways for their families to move forward, perhaps forgive, and have a little fun while doing so.

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