On Monday 27th May, the Duchess of Cornwall boarded the Eurostar on her way to Paris, her first solo overseas trip. It was only a trip of just a few days, but marks a turning point in the Duchess’ place in the Royal family, as the Queen appears to be slowing down in her duties, handing more responsibility to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
On Monday after the short journey across the channel, Camilla visited 2 homeless communities from charity Emmaus, of which the Duchess has been a patron for 7 years. The charity helps homeless people to rebuild their lives. The Duchess saw their second-hand stores, which restores and repairs items for resale and made a speech in which she apologised for her rusty French; Camilla studied in Paris in the 1960’s.
Camilla arriving in Paris
In the evening, the Duchess attended a reception dinner at the British Embassy, hosted by the British Ambassador.
The following day at the Garde Républicaine, there was an equestrian display, Camilla being known for her love of horses, also being a patron of the British Equestrian Foundation. The Duchess then inspected an honour guard, and also spoke with those who were taking part in the ‘Big Battlefield Bikeride’ as a fundraiser for charity Help for Heroes.
On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cornwall visited the headquarters of fashion label Dior in Paris; she chatted with seamstresses and the creative director, Raf Simons and browsed some vintage gowns from the labels past. This was one of her last stops before returning to England.
A private visit to the world-famous Lourve was undertaken by Camilla, where she would have seen the Mona Lisa, followed by a market before returning to London in the afternoon.
The support she received shows that more and more people are warming to the Duchess, as she becomes an increasingly important part of the Royal Family.