Duchess of Cornwall stunning in royal purple as she meets military mothers at Copenhagen memorial
11:59 GMT, 26 March 2012
With a soldier who has seen service in Afghanistan in her family, the Duchess of Cornwall perhaps knows better than most the emotions of those left at home.
She sympathised with the mother of a Danish soldier today, saying she understood the 'constant worrying' she must have gone through.
Camilla and Charles were at Kastellet Citadel, the base of the Danish army in Copenhagen, where they met soldiers and their relatives at a reception.
The Duchess of Cornwall chose a stunning purple coat and matching hat for a ceremony at Copenhagen's National Memorial this morning. Camilla joined Prince Charles on the visit, part of their Diamond Jubilee tour
Camilla looked stunning in the Mr Roy coat, which she matched with a Philip Treacy hat trimmed with purple feathers
The Prince of Wales, joined by Crown
Prince Frederik, laid a wreath and viewed the national monument of
remembrance and eternal flame at the military base.
The royal guests, who also included
Crown Princess Mary, were given a salute from a guard of honour by the
King’s Life Guards and also spent time reading names on the memorial
Camilla, wearing a purple Mr Roy dress
and coat and a matching Philip Treacy hat, told soldier’s mother Jonna
Pedersen: 'I expect you’re very, very worried. The mums are very
Camilla was accompanied by the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark on the day's visit
The Crown Princess Mary and her husband, the Crown Prince Frederik, welcomed Camilla and Charles to their country yesterday ahead of the last leg of the British royals' Scandinavian tour
'You go through so much. It’s always the ones who are left behind, they’re the ones who are constantly worrying.
'They’ve all done a fantastic job out there.'
Some of the soldiers had served in
Afghanistan when Prince Harry was there, and Camilla asked one: 'Were
you there at the same time as Harry'
Senior nursing officer Claus Bakke spent time speaking to Charles.
He said: 'Prince Charles was very
interested in family relations, the communications between the admission
areas in the field hospitals and the family.
'He was also interested in hearing about relationships between the British troops and the Danish army.
'I could tell him we learn a lot from the British medical forces.
'He said how his son was in Afghanistan a few years ago. I think it helps him to understand things better because of that.
'It means a lot for the relationship between the two nations to have him here today. It brings us together.'
Prince Charles reviewed the troops at the National Memorial in Copenhagen today
Prince Charles and Crown Prince Frederik Of Denmark laid a wreath to honour those lost in battle
The royal two arrived in Copenhagen yesterday after trips to Norway and Sweden.
were met on the runway by Denmark's Crown Prince Fredrik and
Crown Princess Mary, where the Prince of Wales immediately charmed the
Crown Princess with a kiss on the glamorous Danish royal's hand.
After they were greeted by the Danish
royals, they made their way to their first official engagement in Copenhagen – a service of
Holy Communion at St Alban's Anglican Church.
Enchante: Prince Charles greets Denmark's Crown Princess Mary with a kiss on the hand at Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport on Saturday
Warm welcome: Camilla greets Princess Mary with a peck on the cheek as Charles and Prince Fredrik look on
Be our guests: Princess Mary, 40, welcomed the Duchess of Cornwall before official engagements began yesterday