Queen Camilla comes to Bath

It’s not every day you get the chance to shake the hand of the Queen of the United Kingdom. But that is exactly what happened today as l waited – along with quite a few other people – to watch Camilla – Her Majesty the Queen Consort – come out of the city’s Guildhall where she had been attending a reception.

Queen Camilla was in Bath to officially open the new national headquarters of the Royal Osteoporosis Society – of which she is President – at St James House on the Lower Bristol Road.

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Both Her Majesty’s mother and grandmother died of the disease.

Afterwards, the Queen Consort attended a reception at the Guildhall – meeting various dignitaries including the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Rob Appleyard and the Chair of B&NES Cllr Shaun Stephenson-McGall – before delighting the crowd with a mini-walkabout which lasted from the pedestrian crossing to the first bus shelter!

The crowd had grown from her arrival – which was a surprise to most, as the Bath engagement had been kept under wraps.

However, when she came back into the street to depart for another engagement at Lacock – it had grown in numbers and she even received a round of applause.

Standing as l was next to Ali Vowles from the BBC we were both surprised and delighted that she shook our hands too.

Her Majesty leaves for Lacock. That’s the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Mr Mohammed Saddiq bidding her farewell.

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