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Camilla Duchess of Cornwall has been visiting Southampton General Hospital in her role as president of the National Osteoporosis Society.

The Duchess met doctors, nurses and patients in the Osteoporosis Centre and attended a reception for local supporters of the society and medical staff.

Osteoporosis affects one in two women and one in five men over 50 in the UK. It can lead to painful and debilitating broken bones in the hip, spine and wrist. It often results in a loss of independence and life-threatening health complications.

The Duchess has been President of the NOS since 2001 and was Patron between 1997 and 2001. The Duchess's mother, Mrs Rosalind Shand, died in 1994, at age of 72, as a result of osteoporosis. The Duchess's grandmother died from the same condition eight years earlier.

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Duchess arrives at Southampton General Hospital

The Duchess of Cornwall arrives in Southampton

Camilla, The Duchess of cornwall has arrived in Hampshire. Her first stop was the Osteoporosis Centre at Southampton General Hospital. As the President of the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS), the Duchess is meeting doctors, nurses and patients in the unit.

Duchess to visit Hampshire today

The Duchess of Cornwall is visiting Hampshire today

An official portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall is to be unveiled today during a visit to a cruise liner in Southampton.

The occasion marks the fifth birthday of the Queen Victoria liner. The Duchess named the ship back in 2007.

The portrait was commissioned by Cunard and painted by Richard Stone, who has painted most members of the Royal family over the past thirty years.

The unveiling of the portrait is one of a number of visits the Duchess is making in Hampshire today.

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