New portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall to commemorate her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles

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New portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall to commemorate her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles is unveiled after she took over the role from Prince Philip

Portrait of Camilla unveiled to mark her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The RiflesPhotograph, taken last month at Clarence House, shows Camilla in greenShe is wearing a silver Bugle Horn brooch commissioned by The Rifles Prince Philip, 99, transferred the historic military title to Camilla, 72, in July

By Stephanie Linning For Mailonline

Published: 11:30 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 11:38 GMT, 5 November 2020

A new portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall has been unveiled to commemorate her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles.

The photograph, taken last month at Clarence House, shows Camilla, 72, wearing a favourite forest green dress and a Bugle Horn brooch commissioned by The Rifles.

The silver Bugle Horn is central to the heritage of the Regiment and every Rifleman wears a silver bugle as their cap badge.

Prince Philip, 99, who retired in 2017, transferred the historic military title of Colonel-in-Chief of the infantry regiment The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall in July.

Proud: A new portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall has been unveiled to commemorate her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles. The photograph, taken last month at Clarence House, shows Camilla, 72, wearing a Bugle Horn brooch commissioned by The Rifles (pictured)

The Duke of Edinburgh had been closely associated with The Rifles and its earlier regiments for almost 70 years.

The Duchess today sent a message to the regiment, saying: 'Riflemen, with the rest of our nation, I am profoundly in your debt for all that you do, especially during these troubled times.

'Continue to uphold those qualities of discipline, courage and sense of humour that my father spoke of and be proud of all that you represent.

'Wherever you may be viewing this message, on operations in Afghanistan, deployed to Estonia, on exercise in the UK or indeed, enjoying some much-deserved leave, thank you from the bottom of my heart.' 

Duty: Prince Philip, 99, who retired in 2017, transferred the historic military title of Colonel-in-Chief of the infantry regiment The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall in July. The pair took part in a socially-distant ceremony, with Philip in Windsor (pictured) and Camilla at Highgrove

The Duchess of Cornwall wore The Rifles' brooch yesterday on her visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

The Duke of Edinburgh transferred his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall in a socially-distanced ceremony. 

Prince Philip remained in isolation at Windsor Castle while the Duchess of Cornwall was at Highgrove.

The Duke of Edinburgh was formally thanked for his 67 years of support and service to The Rifles, and their forming and antecedent regiments.

Support: The Duchess of Cornwall wore The Rifles' brooch yesterday on her visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey 

The Duchess of Cornwall made her first visit to The Rifles headquarters in September.

The Rifles were formed in February 2007, following the merger of four celebrated infantry Regiments - The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry; The Light Infantry; The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry; and The Royal Green Jackets.

Forged during the campaigns of Iraq and Afghanistan, they are now the largest infantry regiment in the British Army. Their motto is: 'Swift and Bold.' 

The Duchess of Cornwall was presented with the brooch by General Sir Patrick Sanders, Colonel Commandant of The Rifles, at Clarence House in October

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