Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla's royal heatwave trick they both rely on in scorching weather

Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla's royal heatwave trick is not only super simple but works alongside their chic summer looks...

Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla's royal heatwave trick revealed, seen here side by side
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Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla’s royal heatwave trick has been put to good use by the royals over the years and it also helps keep them looking super stylish. 


Whilst many people in the UK wonder how to sleep in the heat (opens in new tab), it seems two members of The Firm (opens in new tab) have a genius idea when it comes to shielding themselves in scorching summer weather. Following on from a successful week in Wales, the future King and Queen Consort (opens in new tab), Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, have begun their Devon and Cornwall Week. In 2021 their South West tour saw Charles praised for “showing his human side” (opens in new tab) and this year the couple kicked things off with visits to Mousehole, Newlyn and Boconnoc House on July 18th.

And with blazing sunshine beating down upon them, it’s perhaps no surprise that Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla’s royal heatwave trick was put to good use by the Duchess of Cornwall...

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Newlyn Harbour and fishing port near Penzance

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As she and Charles met locals and tourists alike who’d excitedly turned out to see them, Camilla opted for a very simple accessory to shield her from the scorching sunshine. Held high above her head as she and the Prince of Wales chatted animatedly, the Duchess carried a parasol. 

This particular design featured what appeared to be a wooden handle and cream textured fabric, which brilliantly complemented her elegant knee-length powder-blue dress. These soft summer shades were the perfect choice for the harbour visits they made in Mousehole and Newlyn, echoing the blue of the sea and the white boats. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall carries an umbrella during a garden party at Boconnoc House

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The parasol also looked stunning with her teal floral dress for a wonderful garden party held later at Boconnoc House. It was a very sensible addition to Camilla’s overall looks as it helped to protect her from the fierce rays and appeared to have provided her with a little bit of shade. 

And whilst this might be the most recent occasion she’s chosen to bring a parasol to royal engagements, it certainly wasn’t the first!

Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla using parasols on separate occasions

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The Duchess wore what might be the exact same parasol back in 2016 during her and Charles’ tour of the Middle East, as well as in Australia in 2015. Meanwhile, her step-daughter-in-law Kate Middleton has also been spotted using a parasol over the years, making this a heatwave trick they’ve both favoured. 

Back in 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook a Southeast Asia and Pacific tour and she used a cream parasol in Singapore during a visit to the Kranji Memorial Cemetery.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Kranji Memorial Cemetery

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Although Duchess Kate hasn’t been glimpsed using a parasol quite as recently as Duchess Camilla, it’s clear that when dealing with intense heat, this is one handy accessory that they’ve found to be well worth using. 

And if the UK’s hot weather persists, who knows if Kate might be tempted to bring out her parasol again! 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.