It’s been quite a week for the Duchess of Cornwall and her growing collection of white accessories. First she was given a used sweatband at Wimbledon by Andy Murray; and yesterday she was given one of little Princess Charlotte’s nappies at her Sandringham christening.
From all accounts, the Duchess has been collecting whites for many years, but this only came to public knowledge last week when the Scottish tennis star threw his sweatband into the Royal Box and a delighted Camilla popped the sweaty item into her handbag. Apparently, the only criteria for items to qualify for her collection are that the items should be white (or white-ish) and to have been used by a notable person.
Prince Charles has been long aware of his wife’s unusual hobby and gave her a set of Queen Victoria’s bloomers as a wedding gift to accompany a pair of underpants of Prince Albert which Camilla has framed above the mantelpiece in her Highgrove House dressing room.
It is widely known in Royal circles that Camilla would love to secure a contribution for her collection from the Queen, but Her Majesty is notoriously frugal and prides herself on being able to fit into the same underwear she wore at her Coronation in 1953.
Besides, the Queen has always been suspicious of what she describes as her step daughter’s “weird obsession” and has been heard to vow “I’m never going to let that woman get her hands on my knickers.”