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Camilla's first solo foreign trip is grand success

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to traders during a visit to Marche Raspail along the Boulevard Raspail in Paris. Photo: PA

The Duchess of Cornwall could not contain her delight as she beamed at being pictured alongside Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa during a stroll around the Louvre.

The royal, on the second and final day of her first solo foreign engagement, was escorted on a private tour of the famous Paris museum - the climax of a trip which was heavy in delving into France's cultural and historical past.

Earlier, Camilla showed her support for Britain's armed forces by meeting the 300-strong fundraisers on the start line for a charity Paris-to-London cycle ride.

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoys the Mona Lisa in Paris. Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cornwall could not contain her delight as she beamed at being pictured alongside Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa during a stroll around the Louvre.

The royal, on the second and final day of her first solo foreign engagement, was escorted on a private tour of the famous Paris museum - the climax of a trip which was heavy in delving into France's cultural and historical past.

Earlier, Camilla showed her support for Britain's armed forces by meeting the 300-strong fundraisers on the start line for a charity Paris-to-London cycle ride.

And yesterday, amid glorious sunshine, the Duchess embarked on a fact-finding mission for the Emmaus charity in aid of formerly homeless people, speaking French for the first time since she was a student at the city's Institut Brittanique in 1963.

Driving rain dogged almost every item on today's itinerary, so the royal - in an Anna Valentine wool and crepe pistachio coat and dress with a vintage raffia handbag emblazoned with a loveheart motif and the word Paris - was given a brief respite during a whistle-stop tour of the Louvre.

The famous gallery was closed to the public - as is tradition on Tuesdays - meaning the Duchess had a rare chance to see the priceless artwork at close quarters.

It was an opportunity Camilla was fully appreciative of.

"Wow. We're so lucky to be here without the crowds," the Duchess said as she entered the Louvre's Salle des Etats, home to the Mona Lisa.

As ITV News Royal correspondent Tim Ewart reports, Camilla enjoyed overwhelming popularity in the French capital:

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