As the wife of Prince Charles, 72, the future consort commemorated World Osteoporosis Day yesterday, a cause close to the royal’s heart, by being the hostess of a tea party. As she explained in a video released for the occasion in 2020, the Duchess of Cornwall has been passionate about this “silent disease” for decades, after her mother died 27 years ago after suffering from it.
Camilla, 74, who has been the President of the Royal Osteoporosis Society since 2001, invited supporters and volunteers of the charity to join her for the tea at royal residence Clarence House.
The organisation is dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this fragile bone disease.
Images released on social media by Clarence House show the royal smiling while she mingles with some of her guests.
She is also shown speaking with Valerie Farr, who was diagnosed with a rare type of osteoporosis, known as pregnancy-associated osteoporosis, after having her first child.
Some royal fans praised the Duchess of Cornwall for bringing attention to the cause.
Twitter user @Lynn01176070 wrote: “It is so good that this disease is getting the focus it needs. The Duchess is a fantastic patron.”
While @LennaVelaryon simply wrote, “Love Camilla” along with three heart emojis and @toriaa_h added “How lovely!”
The solo engagement allowed the future consort to step into the spotlight for the Firm, following a busy schedule for Kate, Duchess of Cambridge who had received notable praise for the engagements she’s conducted this week.
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She also called for compassion and empathy to be shown for those who are struggling with addiction.
She said: “Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune.
“Yet it’s all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition. And seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes.
“The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognising what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it.
“As a society, we need to start from a position of compassion and empathy. Where we nurture those around us, understand their journey, and what has come before them.”
While prior to this, last Sunday she stepped out at the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.
The scheme spearheaded by her husband Prince William, 39, recognises those leading the way in innovating solutions towards environmental issues like climate change.
During the event, Kate spoke of the importance of the “thriving natural world” and its role in helping our physical and mental health.
She issued a passionate plea warning children will be “robbed of their future” if action to save the planet wasn’t taken sooner rather than later.