The Duchess of Cornwall will undertake two engagements next Thursday in North Yorkshire and Staffordshire. Both engagements that will take place are in support of medical defence staff and will be some of the first engagements the Duchess has undertaken since the tragic death of her brother, Mark Shand.
The first of the visits will take place at RAF Leeming in Gatenby. The Duchess of Cornwall as Honorary Air Commodore, will visit the RAF base to officially open the new Station Medical Centre. On 2nd October 2008, Camilla was appointed Honorary Air Commodore.
Work began on RAF Leeming in 1938 as part of the RAF expansion scheme. 10 Squadron were the first assigned to the station under the leadership of Group Captain ‘King Kong’ Staton. The primary role of RAF Leeming is to train for, deliver and support UK and expeditionary air operations. To achieve this, RAF Leeming is now home to 100 Squadron, whose Hawk aircraft undertake a multitude of training tasks.
This is not the first time that the Duchess has been at RAF Leeming. In November 2010 the Duchess was at Leeming to present a new squadron Standard to 100 Squadron. She also visited the new station nursery and met the families of deployed personnel.
The second of the Duchess of Cornwall’s engagements will see her visit the Defence Medical Services at Whittington Barracks in Staffordshire. As Commodore in Chief of the the visit will see the Duchess attend a families day and a dedication ceremony to mark the relocation of the DMS training group to the Whittington Barracks in Lichfield.
The RNMS is the branch of the Royal Navy which is responsible for medical care and works closely with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service. All ranks of the medical branch provide medical care onshore as well as at naval shore establishments and with the Royal Marines.
In 2006 The Duchess of Cornwall was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of the RNMS. In this role, she visited the training ship HMS Excellent in January 2012. The purpose of this visit was to award medals to naval medical teams returning from service in Afghanistan.
Camilla is not only a big supporter of UK Armed Forces, she is also an avid supporter of Armed Forces abroad. Not only does the Duchess of Cornwall have her own military appointments, she also accompanies her Husband, the Prince of Wales, on the majority of his visits to the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.