The Royal whisperer: Camilla tells horse off as she visits King's Troop Artillery


18:36 GMT, 13 March 2012

The Duchess of Cornwall has always been at ease around horses.

But it looks as though she has also mastered the art of communicating with them as she appeared to be telling off one particular equine, who nudged her out of the way, giving her a bit of a fright.

But Camilla, who was opening the King George VI Lines at The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Woolwich, didn't let the incident put her off and appeared relaxed as she continued to feed the horses mints.

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Don't mess with me: The Duchess of Cornwall gives a hore a piece of her mind during a visit to The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Woolwich

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…but Camilla couldn't stay mad at the equine for very long

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The Duchess was given a bit of a fright after the horse nudged her out of the way

The Duchess, who was sporting a pretty blue coat, also took a short trip on a horse drawn carriage and inspected the saddle room as part of her visit.

Camilla, patron of The British Equestrian Federation, loves riding and has bred horses herself, keeping two at the Highgrove Estate.

The horses take part in showjumping,
showing, general riding and cross-country trialling.

The Duchess of Cornwall feeds a horse polo mints

The Duchess of Cornwall continues to feed the horse polo mints

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Camilla is taken on a trip in a horse-drawn carriage during the visit

Although Prince Charles was absent at the event, he and the Royal family have all been busy lately.

Yesterday Camilla joined the Queen at Westminster Abbey for a service to mark Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Harry has just wrapped up a tour of the Caribbean and Brazil.

Zara, the Queen's granddaughter, meanwhile was today pictured attending the Cheltenham Festival.

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Camilla is a keen rider and has always been at ease around horses

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The Duchess of Cornwall chats with the soldiers from The Troop, who are equestrian experts