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The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Oxfordshire

The Duchess of Cornwall was in Oxfordshire on Friday visiting Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Charity to launch part of the University of Oxford’s Botnar Reseach Centre.

On Friday The Duchess opened the £12m University of Oxford’s Botnar Research Centre on the site of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington.

The centre conducts research into enhancing the treatment of arthritis, osteoporosis and other bone and joint diseases.

President of the Osteroposis Society since 2001, Camilla became Patron of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust in 2006.

“We are delighted that the Duchess of Cornwall is opening the new building at the Botnar Research Centre and welcome her here to see how the centre’s research has the potential to improve treatment for patients here in Oxfordshire and around the world,” The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Andrew Hamilton commented on Friday.

President, of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Charity, Lord Tebbit stated: “The Duchess’s interest in osteoporosis is well known and her support will be invaluable for all the clinical and research developments taking place at this time.”

In 2003 Camilla opened the original building for the centre.

Osteoporosis is a disease that is important to the Duchess, her mother died in 1994 from the disease.
Camilla also stopped at the Helen and Douglas House Hospice. Since 2007, The Duchess has been Patron of Helen & Douglas House.

Last December The Duchess of Cornwall invited twelve children along with their caregivers from Helen & Douglas House to partake in Christmas tree decorating and luncheon at Clarence House, London.
The Helen & Douglas House provides young adults and children stricken with terminal illness with end of life care as well as emotional and hands on support for the families of their patients.

During her visit on Friday a portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall was unveiled during their 10th birthday celebrations.

Featured Photo (c) Chloe Howard 2014

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