CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the wedding of Ben Elliot and Mary-Clare Winwood at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Northleach on September 10, 2011 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

After a trying period of weeks where she’s been forced to shoulder much of the responsibility where the royals are concerned, Queen Camilla is taking a step away from her duties, according to reports.

Hello! say that Camilla will take a short, week-long hiatus from royal engagements, with her schedule clear of any and all duties that would otherwise keep her busy.

It’s reported that the Queen will return to work on March 11, when she is due to lead the Royal Family for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. Other senior royals will step in for her in the meantime, it is claimed.

It’s no secret that King Charles’s recent health woes have pushed him away from the usual royal duties undertaken by a reigning monarch. The King was diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer early last month after undergoing treatment for an enlarged prostate, and is currently undergoing treatment.

Complicating matters further was the hospitalization and subsequent recovery period of Kate Middleton, meaning that Prince William has perhaps been unable to assist as much as he otherwise would have.

To fill the void Queen Camilla has taken on more royal duties, including acting as the figurehead for the royals at the memorial service for the late King Constantine of Greece last week.


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