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Reasons for Royal visit

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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