Country Life 13 July 2022

We're thrilled and delighted that HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has guest edited the 13 July 2022 edition of Country Life magazine.

Many months and many thousands of hours have gone into the making of this special issue, which covers an incredible breadth of topics. Everything from the natural wonders of the South Downs to the gritty and depressing reality of rural domestic abuse come under the microscope, demonstrating The Duchess’s own interests, concerns and hopes.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with Country Life Editor Mark Hedges and Paula Lester, Managing and Features editor, at Clarence House in London. Photo: Mark Williamson for Country Life

The issue goes on sale on Wednesday 13th July and will be in all good supermarkets and newsagents; you can also order the issue online here, for the cover price of £4.50 with free delivery.

We’ve also got a very special offer in place: anybody subscribing between now and the end of July, using our 6 issues for £6 offer, will be sent the guest-edit issue.


‘I have a profound sense of being at home in the countryside’

The Duchess of Cornwall’s leader article discusses her love for rural Britain, but acknowledges its darker side

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The Duchess of Cornwall’s rural heroes and heroines

From farmers to beekeepers and equine therapists, many country people have won the admiration of The Duchess. Julie Harding meets her champions — among which is The Prince of Wales

‘I’m terrified of him finding me when he gets out’

The Duchess believes the charities SafeLives and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust offer a literal lifeline to rural people suffering the terror of domestic violence. Jane Wheatley investigates

Give a dog a home

There ain’t nothing like a rescue, says Katy Birchall, as she salutes Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Beguiled by a place

The Duchess of Cornwall spent many happy childhood holidays at 18th-century Hall Place, Hampshire. John Goodall examines its history

My favourite view

The Duchess of Cornwall drinks in the splendour of Lochnagar

The mill on the Avon

Monty Don explores The Duchess’s private garden at Raymill, Wiltshire, an unfettered haven of roses, wildflowers, tall trees and even a tiger

The real bionic man

Soldier-turned-author Harry Parker talks to Paula Lester about losing his legs and rediscovering creativity

My three books of a lifetime

The Duchess chooses her favourite reads

‘So noble and so bare’

The sheep-nibbled turf, chalk cliffs and hidden valleys of the South Downs have a special lure. William Shawcross delves into their secrets

The elephant in the garden room

Across rural England, Asian elephants roam. Matthew Dennison discovers the imaginative work of the charity CoExistence, founded by The Duchess’s late brother, Mark Shand

She’s got a ticket to ride

For Brixton children, Ebony Horse Club in south London offers opportunities that can prove life-changing. Oli Bell meets the young riders

My favourite recipe

The Duchess’s meal of choice is a family staple taken to new heights by John Williams, executive chef of The Ritz, discovers Emma Hughes

 ‘Do I dare eat a peach?’

Throw etiquette to the winds and tuck in, advises Tom Parker Bowles in a piece commissioned by his mother

Say hello, wave goodbye

Dame Susan Hill reflects on embracing the joys of starting a garden and home anew

Daniel St George Chatto’s favourite painting

The artist chooses a chapel crammed with glorious early-Renaissance frescos

At the drop of a hat

Living national treasure Philip Treacy works magic when he makes a hat, finds Flora Watkins

The man who rose to the occasion

From unlikely beginnings, Shane Connolly is the floral designer of royal choice. Anna Tyzack talks to the creator of The Duchess’s wedding flowers

The good stuff

Hetty Lintell dives for ocean-inspired treasures


Amelia Thorpe curls up for a good night’s sleep

Painters in the field

Three new artists are contributing to the great collection of the British Sporting Art Trust. Kate Green meets the successors to Aldin and Edwards

Behind the scenes at the Proms

The logistics of staging the BBC Proms season are as complicated as any military campaign. Henrietta Bredin salutes the people who make the greatest musical festival of all possible


Jack Watkins on the appeal of David Copperfield, the novel Dickens preferred above all his works