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Camilla kids about down on the farm

February 7, 2006
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Country-lover Camilla came face to face with a veritable Noah's Ark of animals on an engagement in East Yorkshire. At Lowna dairy farm near the village of Raywell the royal met a herd of goats which produces an award-winning cheese. Despite her elegant attire of a blue suit and pearls, the Duchess of Cornwall seemed happy to get into the stalls and pet the young animals.

Just as she delighted well wishers on her American tour by tucking into the various culinary treats on offer, the Prince of Wales' wife again showed evidence of a healthy appetite by tasting some of the ice-cream made on site.

Earlier in the day at an Age Concern function in Hull the Duchess also got up close and personal with a bumblebee or rather pensioner Jean Bishop, who'd donned fancy dress to catch her attention. The tactic obviously worked as Camilla wasted no time in handing over a folded banknote to the 83-year-old charity collector. "She was really down to Earth. I could have stood and talked to her for ages," said Jean.

The royal also toured the Centre for Metabolic Bone Disease, which researches osteoporosis, the disease that killed her mother and grandmother. "Only 11 years ago osteoporosis was seldom discussed and rarely diagnosed," Camilla told guests. "Huge strides have been made but we still have a long way to go."

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The Duchess met the little goat during a visit to a dairy farm in East Yorkshire, where she sampled local produce such as ice cream and goats' cheesePhoto: © Empics
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Encouraged by her husband, Prince Charles, the Duchess has become a great supporter of organic food and sustainable farming methodsPhoto: © Empics

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