Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visits Southampton General Hospital to promote National Osteoporosis Society

Daily Echo: The Duchess of Cornwall chats to Jean Boothroyd of the Southampton and District Osteoporosis Support Group. The Duchess of Cornwall chats to Jean Boothroyd of the Southampton and District Osteoporosis Support Group.

The Duchess of Cornwall said she was "thrilled to be back", as she warmed the hearts of people in Hampshire today.

Second on a busy working day was a visit to Southampton General Hospital which holds a fond place in the Duchess' heart because it was the place she came on her first ever solo royal visit in 2005.

It was all smiles at the hospital as huge crowds had gathered to catch their first glimpse of the Duchess who was dressed in a striking pink Anna Valentine coat, winter dress and black boots.

Camilla looked relaxed as she greeted doctors, nurses, patients and visitors at the hospital saying how pleased she was to return.

The Duchess made her way immediately to the hospital's Osteoporosis Centre to celebrate its 20th anniversary in her role as president of the National Osteoporosis Society. It was her third visit to the general hospital.

Once at the centre, the Duchess chatted to senior staff about various research projects including a study into pregant women.

The highlight of the visit came when the Duchess met the 500th baby to be part of the study- Rowen and his mum Verity Hall.

Camilla, who is expecting a royal baby in the family, was at ease as she played with the youngster who greeted her by stroking her face.

The Duchess giggled with the press as the cheeky baby reached out for her sparkling bracelet before even grabbing her royal handbag, a clutch bag.

She said to mum Verity: "They love something sparkly" adding: "you want to see what is inside dont you."

She was then handed a posy by a seven year old girl saying: "thank you very much they are really pretty, they match my dress and yours too."

The Duchess then attended a reception for the Southampton and District National Osteoporosis Society supporters group and medical staff at The Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit which conducts vital research into preventable causes of common chronic disorders and their complications such as osteoporosis.

The Duchess highlighted statistics which show that one in two women and one in five men in the UK over the age of 50 are affected by fragile bones.

Camilla has been the president of the society since 2001 and was patron between 1997 and 2001.

She has previously spoken of her anguish at losing her beloved mother the Honourable Rosalind Shand aged 72 to the cruel fragile-bone disease. The Duchess' grandmother died from the same condition eight years earlier.

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5:44pm Thu 13 Dec 12

madmike says...

Who really cares where this ugly thing goes . I don't even consider her Royal !!
Who really cares where this ugly thing goes . I don't even consider her Royal !! madmike
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7:38pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

madmike wrote:
Who really cares where this ugly thing goes . I don't even consider her Royal !!
But she is......and you ain't.
[quote][p][bold]madmike[/bold] wrote: Who really cares where this ugly thing goes . I don't even consider her Royal !![/p][/quote]But she is......and you ain't. Lockssmart
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7:45pm Thu 13 Dec 12

elvisimo says...

Lockssmart wrote:
madmike wrote:
Who really cares where this ugly thing goes . I don't even consider her Royal !!
But she is......and you ain't.
Agreed and always comes across as pretty decent
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madmike[/bold] wrote: Who really cares where this ugly thing goes . I don't even consider her Royal !![/p][/quote]But she is......and you ain't.[/p][/quote]Agreed and always comes across as pretty decent elvisimo
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7:45pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Norwegian Saint says...

The most hated "royal" in our lifetime.
If this woman becomes queen it will kill the monarchy.
Charles should do what his great uncle did and abdicate (that was over a divorced woman)
Will and Kate next... Never this awful, ugly, good for nothing Camilla
The most hated "royal" in our lifetime. If this woman becomes queen it will kill the monarchy. Charles should do what his great uncle did and abdicate (that was over a divorced woman) Will and Kate next... Never this awful, ugly, good for nothing Camilla Norwegian Saint
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7:57pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
The most hated "royal" in our lifetime.
If this woman becomes queen it will kill the monarchy.
Charles should do what his great uncle did and abdicate (that was over a divorced woman)
Will and Kate next... Never this awful, ugly, good for nothing Camilla
More than Sarah Ferguson?
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: The most hated "royal" in our lifetime. If this woman becomes queen it will kill the monarchy. Charles should do what his great uncle did and abdicate (that was over a divorced woman) Will and Kate next... Never this awful, ugly, good for nothing Camilla[/p][/quote]More than Sarah Ferguson? Lockssmart
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8:04pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Matt Probert says...

I like her. And I don't care who knows it. Good on Charles for finally marrying his true love. Best wishes to Charles and Camilla, at last he has a wife with dignity, sophistication and elegance. A lady fir to be a queen, though sadly she never will be, but shall remain forever a rose among the thorns of yuppie hooray-henry's who make up the remainder of the queen's children and their spouses.
I like her. And I don't care who knows it. Good on Charles for finally marrying his true love. Best wishes to Charles and Camilla, at last he has a wife with dignity, sophistication and elegance. A lady fir to be a queen, though sadly she never will be, but shall remain forever a rose among the thorns of yuppie hooray-henry's who make up the remainder of the queen's children and their spouses. Matt Probert
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8:39pm Thu 13 Dec 12

sparkster says...

Diana in my view had dignity ive never liked camilla and never will thats my opinion and im sticking with it and i like madmike dont care where she goes or what she does
Diana in my view had dignity ive never liked camilla and never will thats my opinion and im sticking with it and i like madmike dont care where she goes or what she does sparkster
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10:26pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Vonnie says...

sparkster wrote:
Diana in my view had dignity ive never liked camilla and never will thats my opinion and im sticking with it and i like madmike dont care where she goes or what she does
You obviously do care or you would not make any comment at all.
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: Diana in my view had dignity ive never liked camilla and never will thats my opinion and im sticking with it and i like madmike dont care where she goes or what she does[/p][/quote]You obviously do care or you would not make any comment at all. Vonnie
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11:04pm Thu 13 Dec 12

sparkster says...

Im simply voicing an opinion and agree with madmike i cared far more for diana
Im simply voicing an opinion and agree with madmike i cared far more for diana sparkster
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10:59am Fri 14 Dec 12

Norwegian Saint says...

"A lady fit to be Queen" says Matt!!!
You must be on the horse tranquilizers!!!
With Diana "conveniently" out of the way Camilla must have been thinking of that crown on her head.
The monarchy will be killed off by this witch, why did Edward abdicate??? Oh yes, he wanted to be with a divorced woman... Charles should do the honorable thing and abdicate... If he outlives Mummy!
I really am glad Charles is happy with his second hand wife I just hope she never gets the crown that she craves.
"A lady fit to be Queen" says Matt!!! You must be on the horse tranquilizers!!! With Diana "conveniently" out of the way Camilla must have been thinking of that crown on her head. The monarchy will be killed off by this witch, why did Edward abdicate??? Oh yes, he wanted to be with a divorced woman... Charles should do the honorable thing and abdicate... If he outlives Mummy! I really am glad Charles is happy with his second hand wife I just hope she never gets the crown that she craves. Norwegian Saint
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11:49am Fri 14 Dec 12

sotonboy84 says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
The most hated "royal" in our lifetime. If this woman becomes queen it will kill the monarchy. Charles should do what his great uncle did and abdicate (that was over a divorced woman) Will and Kate next... Never this awful, ugly, good for nothing Camilla
I don't like Camilla just as much as I don't like Charles because what they both did to Diana.

But my feelings aside, Charles did exactly what his great uncle Edward did, and more with the only difference that it seems to be acceptable now but not in 1936.

At least Edward denounced the throne because he couldn't as king married a divorced woman then went on to marry and spend the rest of his life with the woman he loved but Charles carried on his love affair with Camilla throughout his marriage to Diana, destroyed Diana and once the dust had settled a little married Camilla and plays happy families! And now everybody is just supposed to forget the pain and suffering they both caused, double standards or what.

And just to put the record straight, if Charles becomes king, Camilla will automatically and legally become queen. Camilla is currently HRH Camilla Princess of Wales amongst other titles but due to the sensitivity and strong feelings many have towards Diana, she 'chooses' to use one of her other titles.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: The most hated "royal" in our lifetime. If this woman becomes queen it will kill the monarchy. Charles should do what his great uncle did and abdicate (that was over a divorced woman) Will and Kate next... Never this awful, ugly, good for nothing Camilla[/p][/quote]I don't like Camilla just as much as I don't like Charles because what they both did to Diana. But my feelings aside, Charles did exactly what his great uncle Edward did, and more with the only difference that it seems to be acceptable now but not in 1936. At least Edward denounced the throne because he couldn't as king married a divorced woman then went on to marry and spend the rest of his life with the woman he loved but Charles carried on his love affair with Camilla throughout his marriage to Diana, destroyed Diana and once the dust had settled a little married Camilla and plays happy families! And now everybody is just supposed to forget the pain and suffering they both caused, double standards or what. And just to put the record straight, if Charles becomes king, Camilla will automatically and legally become queen. Camilla is currently HRH Camilla Princess of Wales amongst other titles but due to the sensitivity and strong feelings many have towards Diana, she 'chooses' to use one of her other titles. sotonboy84
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12:18pm Fri 14 Dec 12

heyhoo says...

They took Diana's HRH tiltle away so that's may be why Camilla doesn't use it ... All I say is good luck to the both ... but Karma can be a b****h.
They took Diana's HRH tiltle away so that's may be why Camilla doesn't use it ... All I say is good luck to the both ... but Karma can be a b****h. heyhoo
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12:43pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Shoong says...

The envy is keeping me warm here, I can put off putting the heating on for an hour.
The envy is keeping me warm here, I can put off putting the heating on for an hour. Shoong
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1:46pm Fri 14 Dec 12

kingnotail says...

Why would anyone want to be in the presence of this horse-faced old trout?
Why would anyone want to be in the presence of this horse-faced old trout? kingnotail
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7:49pm Fri 14 Dec 12

sparkster says...

exactly kingnotail, no shoong im not envious theres nothing about the old bat to be envious of
exactly kingnotail, no shoong im not envious theres nothing about the old bat to be envious of sparkster
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9:43am Sat 15 Dec 12

Norwegian Saint says...

kingnotail wrote:
Why would anyone want to be in the presence of this horse-faced old trout?
That's offensive...
To horses and fishes!
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone want to be in the presence of this horse-faced old trout?[/p][/quote]That's offensive... To horses and fishes! Norwegian Saint
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