HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is to join a prestigious line-up of royal Guest Editors when she takes charge of the July 13 issue of Country Life to mark her 75th birthday.
In taking the reins of this souvenir edition — which will be published just ahead of her big day on July 17 — The Duchess is following in the footsteps of her husband, The Prince of Wales, who has twice guest-edited the magazine, on the occasion of his 65th birthday in November 2013 and his 70th in 2018. Indeed, The Prince’s second edition was so popular, it became our biggest-selling issue of all time. In 2020, The Princess Royal emulated her brother’s editorial skills when she masterminded the July 29 issue — another bestseller — to commemorate her 70th.
The Duchess’s issue will reflect her love of horses and dogs — she has two rescue Jack Russell terriers, Bluebell and Beth, and is patron of Battersea Cats and Dogs’ Home — together with her most cherished view, favourite recipe and her champions of the countryside.
It will also celebrate the work of some of The Duchess’s 90-plus patronages, from Barnardo’s to The Royal School of Needlework and The Royal Society of Literature.
‘It is a great honour that The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to guest-edit Country Life in July,’ says Editor Mark Hedges. ‘Her Royal Highness is a passionate countrywoman and we’re delighted that she follows her husband in presiding over this commemorative edition.’
The Duchess’s son, Tom Parker Bowles — a food writer, critic and long- standing contributor to the magazine — comments: ‘As a columnist for Country Life, I’m delighted my mother will be guest-editing a special issue. But I’m rather hoping she won’t try to muck about with my copy!’
In his annual birthday message in Country Life magazine, The Prince of Wales applauds efforts to combat climate change and
Country Life magazine's Managing Editor Paula Lester worked closely with HRH The Princess Royal to put together the Princess's guest-edited
Among the many beautiful features in Country Life's 29 July 2020 issue — guest edited by The Princess Royal — is
The Princess Royal has guest-edited the 29 July issue of Country Life. In her leader article, she pays tribute to