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March 17, 2002
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A three-day celebrity gathering hosted by the Prince of Wales at the Sandringham estate wrapped up on Sunday, with Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles joining guests, including actor Jeremy Irons and musician Jools Holland, at a St Mary’s church service. A gift from a well-wisher, however, turned the stroll back to the house into a bit of a jog for Camilla as she rushed to keep up with her royal companion.

After the 40-minute church service, Charles received a bouquet of red tulips from one of the many onlookers and passed them on to Camilla. However, the Prince then moved ahead, and Camilla, dressed in knee-high boots and clutching the flowers, broke into a trot until she was once again alongside Charles. The two returned to Sandringham House side by side.

Camilla is thought to have helped plan the weekend festivities and had a hand in assembling the guest list, which included photographer Mario Testino and Gosford Park stars Richard E Grant and Stephen Fry. The soiree featured a special black-tie screening of the Oscar-nominated film, as well as a performance by an orchestra flown in from St Petersburg.

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Clutching a bouquet of tulips, Camilla rushes to keep up with Prince Charles after a church service on the Sandringham estate. The two were wrapping up a celebrity weekend with guests such as photographer Mario Testino and Gosford Park star Stephen Fry