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Duchess of Cornwall keeps cool under a parasol as temperatures soar at flower show

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Sandringham Flower Show. Photo: PA

The Duchess of Cornwall kept cool under a parasol as she toured the Sandringham Flower Show with the Prince of Wales on one of the hottest days of the year.

Charles quipped to a well-wisher who had brought her two terriers to the show that she had “a hot dog!”.

He later paused at an ice cream van and spoke to seller Stephan Meredith, from Shrewsbury.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. Credit: PA

Mr Meredith joked afterwards: “He asked about if we were selling alright – I said no because you’re standing right in front of the van!”

Charles and Camilla took time to meet the crowds who turned out in their thousands, with dog-lover Camilla speaking to many who brought their pets with them.

Her attention was caught by a woman in a T-shirt with the wording ‘when I die my Jack Russell gets everything’ written on it.

The Duchess of Cornwall kept cool with a parasol. Credit: Joe Giddens/ PA

“I like your T-shirt, I’ll have to get one like that,” she said, as the woman’s Jack Russell barked enthusiastically while wearing two union flags on its back.

She also met actor John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, and was shown his book on gardening.

The event is the 137th Sandringham Flower Show, held on the Queen’s private Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

It features steam engines, local produce, community stalls and fairground rides among its many attractions.