The royal couple wind up a busy Thursday with a gala reception at the British Embassy in Washington
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An enthusiastic welcome for the Prince during his visit to Georgetown University
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4 NOVEMBER 2005

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed another busy day in Washington on Thursday, meeting crowds of enthusiastic students at Georgetown University and winding up with a swish reception at the British Embassy.

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And it was a landmark day for Camilla, who made her second speech as a royal, the first overseas. Accompanied by her husband, the Duchess addressed a select audience at the National Institute of Health on osteoporosis, a cause which has long been close to her heart.

Though she appeared slightly nervous at that event, she was on her customary jokey form when the US Surgeon General accidentally tried to guide her into a plate glass window during a visit to a medical centre. He realised his mistake at the last moment as photographers called out warnings, and a giggling Camilla made a squashed nose gesture to the snappers in acknowledgment of disaster averted.

After the day's engagements, the royal couple adjourned to the British Embassy for a gala reception hosted by the ambassador, Sir David Manning.

The Duchess was positively glowing in a calf-length, gold brocade dress with floaty hem and sheer sleeves, and the future king at her side sported a gold handkerchief to match in his top pocket.

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