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Camilla has a blast on gunship during trip to land of her ancestors with Prince Charles

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The British royal dissolved into giggles as she tried to protect herself from the ear-splitting noise of the vessel's guns
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As Prince Charles looked on, Camilla seemed a little apprehensive as she tugged the chord to pull the trigger
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06 NOVEMBER 2009

Judging by her reaction, the Duchess of Cornwall clearly hadn't reckoned on the immense firepower of Canadian battleship HMCS Haida.

The British royal, who had been invited to fire the ship's guns with Prince Charles, dissolved into giggles as she tried to protect herself from the ear-splitting noise.

Her husband, however, didn't flinch during the demonstration on the vessel, which is now used as a naval museum and sea cadet training ship.

Camilla is clearly having fun on her first official trip to Canada – to which she has strong ancestral links.

As Prince Charles revealed on their arrival for their ten-day trip, the 62-year-old royal is the great, great, great granddaughter of former prime minister of the United Province of Canada, Sir Alan MacNab.

The couple got the chance this week to look around the leader's home and final resting place - the 72-room Dundurn Castle in Hamilton near Toronto.

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