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Heat and humour for royals in India

March 29, 2006
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The Duchess of Cornwall once again demonstrated her unfailing humour when scorching temperatures in India almost overcame her. "Gosh, I wish they would turn the thermostat down a bit," she quipped after the royal doctor was summoned to assist her through a faint spell.

Camilla and Prince Charles were continuing their six-day tour of India with a visit to Artiya in Rajasthan when the 42-degree heat twice obliged The Duchess to shelter in the shade while she recovered her cool.

But despite the difficult moments, Camilla maintained her humour, smiling gratefully at her husband when he came to the rescue by plying her with a huge, colourful fan, and affectionately returning the favour next day.

On Thursday, the royal couple are due to attend the closing ceremony of the Rajasthan Day celebrations in Jaipur, which is known as the 'pink city' because of the distinctive shade of its terracotta houses.

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Camilla keeps her cool with the help of a huge, colourful fan which was produced when she became faint in the scorching heat in Artiya, Rajasthan on WednesdayPhoto: © AFP
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And the following day, during a visit to the Mehran Garh Fort in Jodhpur, Camilla affectionately wafted another handmade fan before her husbandPhoto: © AFP

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