Queen Consort Camilla has paid tribute to Paul O’Grady following his death at the age of 67. A touching post was shared on the Royal Family’s Twitter page: “Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Paul O’Grady, who worked closely with Her Majesty in support of @Battersea, providing lots of laughter and many waggy-tailed memories.”
Camilla is just one of many famous faces to pay tribute to the beloved TV presenter and dog lover, with Piers Morgan and Carol Vorderman paying their respects to the TV legend.
It was revealed this morning that the TV and radio star had passed away “unexpectedly but peacefully” last night, according to his husband Andre Portasio.
He had previously enjoyed a special bond with the Queen Consort, saying he always had a “great laugh” with her.
He told MailOnline’s Richard Eden: “Camilla’s a really funny woman. You can have a great laugh with her and you don’t feel like you’re on ceremony.
“I always get a big hug and kiss from her, too, which always shocks everybody.”
A source has said his “warm heart and infectious humour lit up the lives of so many”.
Camilla will be sharing her sympathies with Paul’s family privately in due course.
As part of their tributes, ITV will be reshowing the episode of For the Love of Dogs, featuring Queen Camilla at 5pm today ITV1.
Last year Camilla filmed the Christmas special with Paul and hosted a garden party to celebrate Battersea’s 160th anniversary, as her own dogs Bluebell and Beth were rescued from the home.
Paul previously described the Queen Consort as: “A lovely lady who’s passionate about dogs.”
He said of filming the show: “There was a competition to see who’s dog would run straight to their owner ignoring the food, squeaky toys etc put in their way.
“The Duchess’s dog ran straight to her, ignoring the temptation put in her way whilst Sausage headed straight for the press and photographers not a bit interested in the competition.”