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Charles and Camilla greeted by Washington crowds

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge began their four-day trip to the USA by visiting some of Washington's famous monuments.

However, many in the crowds weren't entirely sure who the heir to the throne was and those who did were disappointed the couple weren't William and Kate.

ITV News correspondent Tim Ewart reports from Washington:

British ambassador 'delighted' to welcome royal couple

British Ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott said he is "delighted" to welcome Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall back to Washington after 10 years.

The royal couple attended an event at the British Embassy in Washington.

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Funeral service begins for Duchess of Cornwall's brother

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales have arrived at a private funeral for her brother Mark Shand, at the Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The conservationist and travel writer Mark Shand died unexpectedly last week after falling and hitting his head in New York.

Camilla's son Tom Parker-Bowles attends the funeral with his mother. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The coffin of Mark Shard is carried into Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Funeral for Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand

The funeral will take place later today for the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand.

Mr Shand, who was a conservationist and travel writer, died last week after falling and hitting his head on the pavement in New York.

The Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand, pictured in India last year. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Prince Charles will be among mourners at a private family ceremony at the Holy Trinity Church in the Dorset village of Stourpaine.

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Mark Shand's death ruled 'an accident'

Mark Shand during a visit to the Vazhachal Forest Range, India, last year Credit: PA Images

The death of Mark Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, has been ruled an accident. Mr Shand died after he fell and banged his his head outside a hotel bar in New York yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office in the city said the 62-year-old's death was caused by blunt impact head trauma with skull fracture and bleeding in the brain.

Mr Shand was in New York for an auction at Sotheby's in aid of a charity for underprivileged children and the Elephant Family, of which he was chairman, which aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

He was taken to hospital after reportedly slipping while lighting a cigarette and hitting his head on the pavement outside an after-party for the charity event.

Stephen Fry pays tribute to 'charming' Mark Shand

Stephen Fry has paid tribute to the Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand, who died aged 62 in New York.

Kate and William told of Mark Shand's death

Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been told of the death of Mark Shand, while on their royal tour of Australia.

Mark Shand - the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall - has died aged 62. Credit: Press Association

From Canberra Tim Ewart said: "It's 7am in the morning here in Canberra. William and Kate have spent the night here with their son Prince George in an official residence. Their public engagements are about to start here in a couple of hours time.

"This tour is winding up and sadly, this event is going to cast a shadow over the last couple of days, of what has been a long and so far very successful and very happy tour.

"Both William and his brother Harry have become very close to the Duchess of Cornwall, despite all the family history and the background of the Diana affair.

"They were a close family and this statement from Clarence House, using the expression 'utterly devastated', applies to all the family.

"But royal duties here will carry on today, as they were going to before."

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