Camilla makes joke about gender identity during 75th birthday lunch speech

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made the comments during a speech at the National Liberal Club in London

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has appeared to take a dig at woke culture during a speech ahead of her 75th birthday.

Camilla turns 75 on Sunday and was speaking out about her life at the National Liberal Club in London.

But during her speech, she appeared to take a dig at how people are allowed to refer to men and women.

Greeting guests, the duchess said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, if I'm allowed to call you that, good afternoon.”

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Greeting guests, the duchess said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, if I'm allowed to call you that, good afternoon”
Greeting guests, the duchess said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, if I'm allowed to call you that, good afternoon”

Her comments come as organisations continue to drop the words in favour of gender-neutral terms.

The Church of England has admitted it doesn’t haven’t an official definition for a woman.

Rt Rev Robert Innes, a senior Bishop at the Church of England, said the term woman was previously “self-evident”, but now “additional care” was needed.

During questions to the General Synod, lay member Adam Kendry asked: “What is the Church of England’s definition of a woman?”

To which Mr Innes replied: “There is no official definition, which reflects the fact that until fairly recently definitions of this kind were thought to be self-evident, as reflected in the marriage liturgy."

While The NHS removed the word "women" from its main online health advice for those being treated for cervical, womb and ovarian cancers.

The website said that cervical cancer is a "cancer that's found anywhere in the cervix" while womb cancer affects "the womb".

If patients wished to see the word "women" being used to talk about female illness, they must click further into the website.

Speaking about her birthday during the speech on Tuesday, Camilla added: ”I would like to thank you all – friends old and new - for being here to help me celebrate my birthday.

“You might not believe it, but I have actually been trying to keep quiet about reaching three quarters of a century – and, as you see, have failed dismally.”