Queen Consort visits Royal Osteoporosis Society offices in Bath


Camilla looked chic in a black coat as she arrived at the Royal Osteoporosis Society offices in Bath.   

The Queen Consort visited the newly opened offices to speak to staff, volunteers and the helpline team as she is a long term supporter of the charity. 

In 1997, the royal became a patron of the charity and she was President of ROS up until the accession of His Majesty The King. 

Camilla was greeted by Lord Lieutenant for Somerset, Mohammed Saddiq, during her visit and she later joined a reception of 120 invited guests who focus on highlighting ROS’s work and impact.

Camilla looked chic in a black coat as she arrived at the newly opened Royal Osteoporosis Society offices in Bath

Her Majesty first became a supporter of the charity in 1994, when her mother died as a result of osteoporosis. 

Camilla’s grandmother also suffered from the disease, and passed away in 1986. 

The royal was recognised for her work with the charity and later became President of the Royal Osteoporosis Society in October 2001. 

In 2007, Camilla even received the Kohn Foundation Award in recognition of her contribution to raising awareness of osteoporosis.   

The Queen Consort visited the newly opened offices to speak to staff, volunteers and the helpline team as she is a long term supporter of the charity

The Queen Consort visited the newly opened offices to speak to staff, volunteers and the helpline team as she is a long term supporter of the charity

Camilla was greeted by Lord Lieutenant for Somerset, Mohammed Saddiq, during her visit

Camilla was greeted by Lord Lieutenant for Somerset, Mohammed Saddiq, during her visit

Camilla (right) pictured with her later mother Rosalind Maud Shand (left) who died from osteoporosis age 72 in 1994 (pictured in 1965)

Camilla (right) pictured with her later mother Rosalind Maud Shand (left) who died from osteoporosis age 72 in 1994 (pictured in 1965)

The Queen Consort met with volunteers who have lived experience of osteoporosis during her visit

The Queen Consort met with volunteers who have lived experience of osteoporosis during her visit 

Camilla donned chic gold drop earrings which featured a black diamond stone for the visit

 Camilla donned chic gold drop earrings which featured a black diamond stone for the visit 

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to fracture or break easily due to loss of strength.

Over 3.5 million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis and half of women over 50 and one in five men will break a bone due to the condition. 

In a 2021 interview with Gloria Hunniford for the BBC to mark World Osteoporosis Day, Camilla recalled an awful memory of her mother’s battle.

She said: ‘I remember when a friend of hers came in one day just to give her a hug, her rib broke, it was as bad as that.

‘It was terrible because we didn’t know anything about it, so at some point we thought, ‘Well, is she making a great fuss about all this?

Camilla added that her mother’s condition was so bad that ‘occasionally when she moved or you touched her she literally screamed’. 

Camilla cut a cake to celebrate the opening of the new offices and she gave a short speech during her visit

Camilla cut a cake to celebrate the opening of the new offices and she gave a short speech during her visit

Camilla made sure to get around to speak to as many members of staff and volunteers as she could

Camilla made sure to get around to speak to as many members of staff and volunteers as she could 

The Queen Consort met with young volunteers who have a lived experience of osteoporosis

The Queen Consort met with young volunteers who have a lived experience of osteoporosis

The royal appeared in great spirits during her visit to the Royal Osteoporosis Society which is a charity close to her heart

The royal appeared in great spirits during her visit to the Royal Osteoporosis Society which is a charity close to her heart 

Camilla gave a short speech just before she cut the cake to celebrate the opening of the new offices

Camilla gave a short speech just before she cut the cake to celebrate the opening of the new offices 

The royal is close to the charity and was recognised for her work and later became President of the Royal Osteoporosis Society in October 2001

The royal is close to the charity and was recognised for her work and later became President of the Royal Osteoporosis Society in October 2001

Writing exclusively in the Daily Mail in 2011 Camilla described the horror of watching her mother suffer with the bone disease.  

She said: ‘Seeing someone you love die slowly, in agony, and knowing nothing about the disease that killed them is heart-breaking,’ she writes.

‘In those days osteoporosis, a crippling bone disease, was seldom discussed, rarely diagnosed and usually attributed to old women with so-called ‘Dowagers’ humps’.

The Queen Consort gave a short speech to staff members at at the new offices during the visit

The Queen Consort gave a short speech to staff members at at the new offices during the visit 

Camilla donned a light palette of makeup during her visit but added a splash of colour with pink lipstick

Camilla donned a light palette of makeup during her visit but added a splash of colour with pink lipstick 

‘My family and I watched in horror as my mother quite literally shrank in front of our eyes. She lost about eight inches in height and became so bent that she was unable to digest her food properly, leaving her with no appetite at all.

‘The local GP was kind and sympathetic but he, like us, was able to do little to alleviate the terrible pain Mama suffered so stoically.

‘In her later years she could not breathe without oxygen or totter around her beloved garden on her Zimmer frame.

‘I believe that the quality of her life became so dismal, and her suffering so unbearable, that she just gave up the fight and lost the will to live.’

Queen Consort unveiled a plaque during the visit to the Royal Osteoporosis Society reception at the Guildhall

Queen Consort unveiled a plaque during the visit to the Royal Osteoporosis Society reception at the Guildhall

Camilla beamed as she stood next to the plaque she unveiled during the reception today

Camilla beamed as she stood next to the plaque she unveiled during the reception today 

Camilla appeared deep in conversation with members of the public during the reception

Camilla appeared deep in conversation with members of the public during the reception 

The Queen Consort shook the paw of a dog in the crowd after her visit to the Royal Osteoporosis Society reception at the Guildhall

The Queen Consort shook the paw of a dog in the crowd after her visit to the Royal Osteoporosis Society reception at the Guildhall

Camilla made sure to speak to invited guests and members of the public during her visit

Camilla made sure to speak to invited guests and members of the public during her visit 

Camilla was escorted inside the Guildhall  by Lord Lieutenant, Mohammed Saddiq, on Wednesday

Camilla was escorted inside the Guildhall  by Lord Lieutenant, Mohammed Saddiq, on Wednesday 

Later on in the day Camilla joined a reception of 120 invited guests who have been raising awareness of the Royal Osteoporosis Society throughout the region. 

The royal enjoyed some digital presentations which highlighted the incredible work and impact that the charity has made over the years. 

During the reception, Craig Jones, Royal Osteoporosis Society Chief Executive gave a short speech and invited Her Majesty to unveil a plaque, commemorating the opening of the new offices.

Camilla sat in front of a sign which read elderly people during the presentation at Guildhall

Camilla sat in front of a sign which read elderly people during the presentation at Guildhall

The royal had a very warm welcome from crowds who waited outside Guildhall on Wednesday

The royal had a very warm welcome from crowds who waited outside Guildhall on Wednesday 

Many people in he crowd were delighted to meet the Queen Consort after he Royal Osteoporosis Society reception

Many people in he crowd were delighted to meet the Queen Consort after he Royal Osteoporosis Society reception

The Queen Consort met Jennifer Duke, The High Sheriff of Somerset, during her visit to the Guildhall

The Queen Consort met Jennifer Duke, The High Sheriff of Somerset, during her visit to the Guildhall

Camilla spoke to the invited guests inside the venue during the reception for the Royal Osteoporosis Society

Camilla spoke to the invited guests inside the venue during the reception for the Royal Osteoporosis Society

Later Camilla continued on to another engagement where she planted a tree in Lacock as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

The initiative launched in October 2021 to mark the late monarch’s Platinum Jubilee with eco-friendly memento.

The royal has strong links with Lacock she owns a home er private home in the Wiltshire village.

In 2006, Camilla’s daughter Laura Lopes also got married at St Cyriac’s Church in the village of Lacock.

 

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