Click here to send this news item to a friend Prince Charles' much talked-about visit to the United States got off to a hectic start on Tuesday when he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in New York. After being greeted by Ambassador David Manning at JFK airport, the royal couple were immediately whisked away to the site of the World Trade Centre for their first public appearance. In recent weeks the press has been awash with talk of the week-long tour, which is Charles and Camilla's first official overseas visit since they got married last April. Many royal watchers expressed concerns that the trip, which is intended to celebrate Britain's ties with the US, would be overshadowed by the prince's previous visit in 1994, when his then-wife Princess Diana famously danced with John Travolta at the White House.

Aides hoping to win wider support for the first-in-line's new partner were no doubt pleased by the warm reception she has received so far, however. The Duchess, who was wearing a red crepe suit with velvet and chiffon trim, was greeted by cheering crowds when she and Charles arrived to unveil a plaque at the New York Memorial Garden in Hanover Square.

Afterwards, when her husband paid a visit to Kofi Annan at the United Nations, Camilla took advantage of the opportunity to nip back to their hotel and get changed into something more glamorous. The 58-year-old was sporting an off-the-shoulder creation in midnight blue velvet when she arrived for a star-studded gala at the Museum of Modern Art. Among the big names who went along to meet the royal couple were Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, Joan Collins, Yoko Ono and ubiquitous tycoon Donald Trump, who was accompanied by his third wife Melania.

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Camilla set the flasbulbs blazing outside the Museum of Modern Art when she arrived in this midnight blue number. The Duchess has received a generally warm welcome from royal fans in the USPhoto: © AFPClick on photos for gallery
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The Duchess and her husband unveil a memorial for the British victims of the September 11 attacks
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Charles addresses the crowd at MOMA as his wife looks onPhoto: © AFP
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