Duchess of Cornwall to become patron of the National Youth Orchestra
Posted: 12 July 2013 7:45 pm Edited by: Ellen Couzens
The Duchess of Cornwall is to follow in the footsteps of the Queen Mother as she becomes the patron of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Camilla will work with the orchestra, taking on the role that the late Queen Mother held for over 50 years.
“National Youth Orchestra is such an inspiring organisation. It’s brilliant to think that a member of the Royal Family thinks so too. I can’t wait to play for The Duchess,” revealed excited cellist Sarah Hughes.
Last year, the National Youth Orchestra won the Queen’s medal for music, becoming the first ever organisation to win the prestigious award.
In recent years, Camilla has increased her royal workload and in May the Duchess undertook her first solo tour as she visited France for several days.
One of the tour’s highlights was Camilla’s first French speech. Before the speech, Camilla admitted she was incredibly nervous.
“I hope you will forgive my rather rusty French but it is fifty years since I was a student at the Institut Britannique in Paris,” the wife of Prince Charles joked.
After receiving an applause from the audience, the 65-year-old royal revealed she was relieved she had made it to the end.
“I was so terrified. That really has taken years off my life,” she said. “I’m just thankful it’s over.”
Camilla, like the rest of the Royal Family and the world, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child.
“We are very excited, immensely looking forward to it and waiting for that call,” the Duchess revealed to reporters earlier this week, as she attended the preview day of the Coronation Festival.