Camilla, the Queen Consort, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in a new interview, remarking that it must have been “difficult” for the late monarch to rule as the “solitary woman” in the public eye.

“There weren’t women prime ministers or women presidents, she was the only one, so I think she carved her own role,” Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Queen Consort, told the BBC in an interview that aired Sunday, ahead of a minute of silence held to honor the queen across the UK.

“She’s been part of our lives forever. I’m 75 now and I can’t remember anyone except the queen being there,” Camilla said.

She recalled the Queen’s “wonderful blue eyes” and said “when she smiles they light up her whole face.

“I will always remember that smile,” she added.

The televised tribute aired shortly before people across the UK paused for 60 seconds at 8 p.m. local time to honor Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Sept. 8 at 96.

Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrrive by carriage on  day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2019 in Ascot, England.
Queen Consort Camilla said it must have been “difficult” for Queen Elizabeth II to rule as the “solitary woman” in the public eye.
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People hold a minute of silence for the late Queen Elisabeth II at Westminster Bridge in front of Big Ben in London, England, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022.
People hold a minute of silence for the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Bridge in front of Big Ben Sunday.
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Members of the public hold a minute of silence in Queen Elizabeth II's honour at Waterloo Station on September 18, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
People across the UK paused for 60 seconds at 8 p.m. to honor the late queen.
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Photos showed the moment of silence being observed at Piccadilly Circus, the Westminster Bridge, Glasgow Arena and by commuters and staff stopped under a clock in Waterloo Station.

The start of the minute of reflection was meant to be marked by Big Ben, and the iconic clock tower had been set to chime again once to mark its end, though it did not strike as planned, according to the BBC.

The miles-long queue to view the queen’s coffin, meanwhile, was closed to new arrivals later Sunday, ahead of the casket being moved to Westminster Abbey for her state funeral on Monday.

Princess Elizabeth arrives at the Norwegian Embassy in London for a dinner party hosted by King Haakon VII of Norway, 6th June 1951.
The Queen had “wonderful blue eyes,” Camilla said.
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People gather on the Shankill road to observe the National Moment of Reflection in front of a mural dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 18, 2022.
People gather on the Shankill road to observe the National Moment of Reflection on Sunday.
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People hold a minute of silence for the late Queen Elisabeth II at Westminster Bridge in London, England, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022.
The miles-long queue to view the queen’s coffin was closed to new arrivals later Sunday.
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Camilla, who married now-King Charles III in 2005, was last known as the Duchess of Edinburg. It was originally thought she would adopt the title of Princess Consort upon Charles’ accession to the throne, but his mother said earlier his year that it was her “sincere wish” that Camilla be known as Queen Consort. 

Camilla has two children with her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowler, whom she divorced in 1995.



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