Oh deer! Camilla misses the big day

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Richard Palmer

THE Duchess of Corn­wall was 530 miles away vis­it­ing school­child­ren – and their class­room ex­hi­bi­tion of stuffed wildlife.

Camilla’s two of­fi­cial royal engagements were near her Birkhall home on the Bal­moral es­tate in Scot­land. But friends of the Duchess in­sisted there was no rift.

They said Camilla had promised to at­tend two engagements in­volv­ing school­child­ren in Crathie and Brae­mar and had not wanted to let down the schools or pupils.

A friend of the cou­ple said: “The Duchess ex­plained to Princess Eu­ge­nie that she wanted to hon­our the engagements she had com­mit­ted to and Eu­ge­nie was fine about it.”

Camilla, 71, is also host­ing house guests ahead of a dance, a Ghillies’ Ball tonight.

The Queen’s cousin Princess Alexan­dra, 81, pulled out on doc­tors’ ad­vice af­ter surgery on a bro­ken arm.

Rob­bie Wil­liams, wife Ayda and her mother Gwen Field. Left, Liv Tyler, Cara Delev­ingne and Stephen Fry

Ac­tress Demi Moore ar­riv­ing at Wind­sor Cas­tle in a stun­ning bur­gundy dress

Mod­els Naomi Camp­bell, top, Kate Moss and singer Ricky Martin yes­ter­day

Camilla, the chil­dren and their deer yes­ter­day

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