Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral: The Women of Windsor and Their Mighty New Alliance Under the Reign of King Charles III’ | Camilla Queen Consort, Catherine Princess of Wales, Sophie Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne Meghan Duchess of Sussex | Opinion

OPINION —— Britain has a new king and while Charles III and his two direct heirs will present a very male-dominated monarchy for decades to come, the future of the royal family looks distinctly feminine.

The women of Windsor have gathered in the days since the death of the matriarch of the family, Elizabeth the Secondto form a new powerful alliance that will lead the monarchy forward under the reign of King Charles III.

Among them are Camilla, Queen Consort, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.

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The women of Windsor are the new powerful force in the monarchy. (AP)

All four women have already played an important role in moving the grieving family forward, helping to form a united front to the world that took part in their heartbreak.

Camilla, who has always been her husband’s greatest champion, is in the midst of a public reinvention.

Formerly one of the most hated women in the UK for her role in the Charles-Diana saga of the 1980s and 1990s, sentiment towards the former Duchess of Cornwall has skyrocketed.

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In the 17 years since their marriage, the British have been very fond of Camilla, and earlier this year she received the utmost support from her mother-in-law who decreed that Camilla would be known as Queen Consort when the time came.

King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry watch as Queen Elizabeth II's casket is placed in the hearse after the state funeral at Westminster Abbey in central London on Monday, September 19, 2022.
King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after the Queen’s funeral on Monday. (AP)

That time is now and since the Queen’s death on September 8, Camilla has been an unwavering support for the new King.

Camilla continues battling with a reported broken toe, and her long-reported sense of humor would no doubt have been a welcome relief to her husband in what has been a marathon of royal engagements since his mother’s death.

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Respectively 73 and 75 years old, Charles and Camilla have come into their roles — the most important of their lives — at an age when most are retired.

Perhaps alluding to how she might approach her own position as queen consort, Camilla praised the late monarch by emphasizing how Elizabeth II had “played her own part” during her time on the throne.

Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales with Prince George (face obscured) on her way to Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral in London, Great Britain, September 19, 2022.
The Princess of Wales at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday. (EPA)

While Camilla holds the top female role under her husband’s reign, she will be heavily dependent on her stepdaughter, who married into the family in 2011.

The self-assurance of the Princess of Wales has been a comforting sight during the past 10 days of grief.

Catherine’s rock-solid determination and stoicism deserves the long praise she has received from commentators and royal onlookers alike.

The actions of the Princess of Wales since the Queen’s death are testament to her worth to the monarchy and her ability to sit high among the protagonists.

Queen Consort Camilla, Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Sussex outside Westminster Abbey. (Getty)

That King Charles immediately bestowed the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales on his eldest son William and his wife shows how much he will rely on them in the weeks and years to come.

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‘Catharina has already shown at every opportunity how adept she is at leading the monarchy into the future.

From being a unifying force joint involvement with the Sussexes in Windsor, to gently guide her two children as they walked behind the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Abbey, Catherine was a calm and dignified figure at every step.

It is her combination of normal and regal at the same time that the audience loves so much, she is the epitome of peace and tranquility.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex meets benefactors outside Buckingham Palace on September 17. (Getty)

A similar sentiment can be said of Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who has been one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family for decades while receiving little fanfare.

from Sophie comforting gesture to her grandnephew Prince George was beamed around the world at the Queen’s funeral, exemplifying her maternal side that has endeared her to so many people.

She and her husband Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, took a stroll outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday – and the Countess was overwhelmed by members of the public who wanted to hand her bouquets of flowers and shake her hand.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, puts a comforting arm around Prince George at Westminster Abbey. (Getty)

Sophie’s down-to-earth approach and her ability to focus on her work, without lusting for publicity, is what many believe has earned her the title of the Queen’s Favorite Daughter-in-Law.

Her children will probably also play a greater role under the reign of King Charles.

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Although largely kept out of the public eye until recently, Lady Louise, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, stood by their grandmother’s coffin on Saturday night under the watchful eyes of Sophie and Prince Edward.

Comparisons were immediately made between a young Prince William walking behind his mother’s funeral and the face of his young cousin James at Westminster Hall.

But arguably the hardest-working member of the royal family, aside from the late Queen and King Charles, is Princess Anne, whose key role under the new reign is all but guaranteed.

King Charles III and Anne, Princess Royal at Windsor Castle on Monday ahead of a solemn service. (Getty)

Anne, 72, is expected to continue her supporting role for her brother, but could also take an even higher place in the royal pecking order.

Anne’s values ​​for the monarchy are her famous no-nonsense approach and rock-solid work ethic.

The Princess Royal is not there for the pomp and circumstance, but for the hard work behind the scenes, the jobs that often go unnoticed but are of the utmost importance to the smooth running of the Crown.

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Anne would undoubtedly also want to be kept busy after the loss of her mother. Their bond was unbreakable and Anne’s devotion to her mother was evident to the very end as Princess Royal accompanied the coffin of the deceased monarch from the moment it left Balmoral to its final resting place, days later in Windsor.

Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Beatrice leave after a wake for Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies, at Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, London, Saturday, September 17, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday.  (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)
Zara Tindall, Lady Louise and Princes Beatrice at Westminster Hall on Saturday night. (AP)

Special mention must be made for the other wives of Windsor, those who do not work in the royal family, but who are personally of great importance to the new king.

Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie took on visible roles in the days leading up to their grandmother’s funeral, as they kept watch over her coffin and welcomed the procession to Buckingham Palace on the Queen’s final journey there.

They also presented a worthy image to the world.

Princess Charlotte, seven, took part in her biggest official engagement yet at her great-grandmother’s funeral as a sign of what’s to come for the young royal.

With Meghan, the Duchess of Sussexwho will soon return to the US with Prince Harry, it is unclear what role she will play under her father-in-law’s new reign.

Perhaps he will make room for Meghan to stand alongside Windsor’s other wives as the royal family enters this new era without their beloved matriarch.

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