The Duchess of Cornwall has admitted that she can get very jealous of her husband, Prince Charles’ painting skills.
While visiting Royal Trinity Hospice in London for its 125th anniversary, the Duchess looked on to patient Peter Copeman’s watercolour saying of her own painting skills “I do it very badly.”
Patron of the hospice, Camilla said that when she paints next to the talented Prince Charles that “he’s so good, I get frustrated and give up”.
Adding that his skills make her want to “tip out my toys from the pram”.
Prince Charles is known for his talents as a watercolourist, just being named one of Britain’s most successful artists earning around £2 million from his artwork. Camilla has tried to keep up at painting even receiving private tutoring from an artist many years ago.
The Duchess examined the small painting and pointed out a figure joking: “If you’re seeing a figure, she’s got my gin and tonic.”
As patron of Trinity, known to be the oldest hospice in the country, Camilla helped to mark the 125th anniversary of the hospice being celebrated this year.
Founded in 1891 by Colonel William Hoare of the famous banking family, they donated half of the £2,000 that was needed to establish the institution, then called The Hostel of God.
Since its very first days, the charity has been based in Clapham. For over 100 years now, care has been provided in two-period homes that overlook the famous Common that have been extensively adapted to meet the needs.
Royal Trinity Hospice serves parts of central, south and south-west London caring for approximately 1500 patients throughout the community and the Clapham centre. That centre offers a 28-bed inpatient care unit and out-patient services.
While there, the Duchess spoke with patients who were receiving treatments, some who were using barbells as part of physio and others who were undergoing a massage.