While many members of The Royal Family are currently enjoying their Summer break, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall had one busy week of engagements to complete before they could begin their annual Summer Break. From Osborne House to the West Midlands, Charles and Camilla really crammed it in this week.
On Tuesday, The Duchess of Cornwall spent a day on the Isle of Wight. Her first port of call was the former retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – Osborne House. Dame Judi Dench, who is Patron of the Friends of Osborne House and has portrayed Queen Victoria a number of times, was there to greet The Duchess of Cornwall upon her arrival.
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During her time at Osborne House, The Duchess of Cornwall was taken on a tour of the property alongside Dame Judi, who showed Camilla the restored Durbar Room – one of the locations for the film Victoria and Abdul which Judi Dench starred in. The duo also cooled down from the soaring temperatures with a Mr Whippy ice cream – now Queen Victoria would be amused!
The Duchess of Cornwall also visited Cowes town centre on her trip to the Isle of Wight.
While Camilla enjoyed the sunshine on the Isle of Wight, Prince Charles was busy with his own engagements in Staffordshire. The Prince of Wales spent most of his day with horses and trees.
On a visit to the Pool House Vet’s Equine Clinic, The Prince of Wales was taken through the finer points of horse dentistry before making his way to woodland in the county to hear of the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Forest Research Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment experiment.
The Prince was delighted to learn of the work to model how forests could help tackle climate change. The University of Birmingham’s site was established in 2014 with a £15 million donation to provide fundamental research on woodlands and forests.
On Wednesday, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were back together for a trip to the Sandringham Flower Show. In their traditional visit to the Show, Charles and Camilla met with wellwishers and viewed displays at the 137th annual Sandringham Flower Show.
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Basking in the heat, organisers of the event had previously told visitors to take precautions from the extremely hot weather. The Duchess of Cornwall had obviously taken this advice as she came prepared with a hand-held parasol.
The trip to the Sandringham Flower Show marks the last joint engagement for Charles and Camilla before their Summer break. Camilla usually takes her grandchildren for a ‘bucket and spade’ holiday before joining The Prince of Wales at their residence in Birkhall, Scotland in around two weeks time.
Nobody can argue that The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall really deserve this well-earned break.