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Duchess of Cornwall reveals how she lifts her spirits in lockdown

The royal spoke of her love of flowers

Aisha Nozari

The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed that she has a passion for creating bouquets.

Making the revelation as she celebrated the efforts of UK flower farmers, Camilla spoke about her love of flower-arranging in a video message to mark the tenth anniversary conference of Flowers from the Farm, a membership association supporting more than 1,000 independent, artisan flower growers.

In a separate video message the Duchess, who is vice-patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society, launched the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021.

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This year’s theme is community and Camilla – who is an avid reader – was joined by some of the 2020 winners and runners-up who recorded words of support from their homes.

The Duchess told the Flowers from the Farm conference: "Over the past, challenging year, there have been few things that have had the power to cheer us up as much as our native flowers.

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The Duchess appeared via videolink 

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"Even when we were unable to meet, we could send one another bouquets – and, in doing so, celebrate those we love."

She continued: "And though we were unable to enjoy many of the arts we could all be inspired by this country’s glorious flowers and try our hands at creating our own arrangements – happily one of my favourite hobbies."

In her video to launch the competition the Duchess said: "This year’s rather brilliant theme is Community in the Commonwealth and I am already looking forward to reading this year’s winning entries and, of course, to meeting the winners and runners-up."

The royal concluded: "So please – put on your thinking caps, pick up your pens and join our wonderful community of Commonwealth writers!"

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