Queen Camilla forced to pull out of planned visit as royal struck by ‘seasonal illness’


Camilla, the Queen Consort, was due to carry out a number of engagements on Valentine’s Day.

Camilla was due to travel alone to the West Midlands on Tuesday to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham.

As a keen ballet fan herself, the royal was meant to meet students, staff and alumni, hail the prestigious history of the school and learn more about the recent developments in ballet teaching it is spearheading.

Camilla became patron of the school in 2006, one year after she got married to King Charles and received the title of Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla in a blue dress

Camilla is suffering from a ‘seasonal illness’, Buckingham Palace announced (Image: GETTY)

Camilla meeting ballet dancers

Camilla is known to love ballet (Image: GETTY)

Charles and Camilla walking near ballet dancers

The Queen Consort became patron of the Birmingham ballet school in 2006 (Image: GETTY)

In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, Camilla revealed she took up the Silver Swan ballet workouts – a programme open to over-55s with the aim to keep the elderly active.

This trip to Birmingham was to be followed by a visit Southwater One Library in Telford, where Her Majesty would have thanked staff and volunteers for working on projects at the library.

She would have also met representatives from local outreach and voluntary groups to thank them for their great contribution to the community.

While in the town, Camilla would have also unveiled a stone for Telford Veterans’ Trail and a plaque to commemorate the visit.

The Queen Consort Attends Literacy Engagements In London

Camilla visited Book Aid International in early February (Image: GETTY)

Queen Camilla posing next to books

Queen Camilla is patron of several literacy patronages (Image: GETTY)

She is patron of several organisations with this aim – including Book Aid International, which she visited earlier this month, and the National Literacy Trust.

In early 2021, she also launched her very own book club via an Instagram account called the Reading Room.

The Instagram account, which was later accompanied by a fully-fledged website, included Q and A with authors, a reading list released every season and recommendations from people close to the royal – including her son Tom Parker Bowles and Kate, Princess of Wales.

Queen Camilla and Charles laughing together

Queen Camilla and King Charles are scheduled to visit Milton Keynes on Thursday (Image: GETTY)

The 75-year-old royal is reportedly hoping to be able to undertake the engagements in her diary over the rest of the week.

On Wednesday, she is scheduled to host a literary reception at Clarence House, linked to her work on literacy and books.

The following day, she is still scheduled to join King Charles at Milton Keynes, a visit planned to celebrate its new city status.


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