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Duchess of Cornwall helps to plant a shrub at Whittington Hospital garden

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall sported a navy shirt dress and heeled black boots as she met with nurses at Whittington Hospital in north London today. 

The wife of Prince Charles, 73,  helped to mark International Nurses Day by helping to plant a shrub in the hospital garden 

The royal, who is Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, met patients, staff and nurses at the hospital. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall sported a navy shirt dress and heeled black boots as she met with nurses at Whittington Hospital in north London today

The wife of Prince Charles, 73, helped to mark International Nurses Day by helping to plant a shrub in the hospital garden

Camilla, who has spent most of lockdown at Clarence House, wore a patterned ankle length navy dress with a trendy feather print pattern. 

Keeping the look elegant, Camilla added a golden drop earring and styled her hair in her signature parted curled bob.

 Looking glamorous from head to toe, Camilla teamed the look with knee length black boots and a gold bracelet.  

After meeting patients inside the hospital and staff including  Specialist Nurse Giselle Padmore-Payne, she went outside to  plant a shrub with Kate Green, and Michelle Johnson Director of Nursing. 

The royal, who is Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, met patients, Staff and Nurses at the hospital. Pictured: Duchess of Cornwall helps to plant a shrub with Kate Green, right,

After meeting patients inside the hospital and staff including Specialist Nurse Giselle Padmore-Payne, she went outside to plant a shrub with Kate Green, and Michelle Johnson Director of Nursing (pictured together) 

Camilla is one of the many royals to pay tribute to NHS staff today.

Earlier today, the Earl and Countess of Wessex  visited Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey to mark International Nursing Day.

The couple were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr. Michael More-Molyneux and met with NHS staff and key workers at the hospital which is just four miles from their home Bagshot Park, where they live with their children Lady Louise Windsor, 17 and James, Viscount Severn, 13. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall speaks to Michelle Johnson, Director of Nursing, left, as she visits the hospital gardens during a visit on International Nurse Day to Whittington Hospital in London

Last night, Camilla's husband Charles personally thanked staff who cared for his late father at St Barts Hospital before his death.

The Prince of Wales, 72, was on a visit to the historic hospital in the City of London yesterday when he got the chance to meet privately with some of the team that cared for the Duke of Edinburgh when he was transferred for heart surgery in March.  

Royal officials declined to say who, saying the hospital wanted to protect their identities, but confirmed the group included a nurse, a consultant and a therapist.

Philip, who died last month at the age of 99, spent four nights at St Barts, after being transferred from the private King Edward VII Hospital on 1st March.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall smiles with Baroness Julia Neuberger, right, as she visits the hospital gardens during a visit on International Nurse Day to Whittington Hospital

He subsequently underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition, before being moved back to the King Edward VII.

The meeting lasted around ten minutes. 

Professor Charles Knight, chief executive of St Barts, said the Prince had been keen to use his pre-planned visit to personally thank staff for what they did for his father. He said: 'It meant an enormous amount to us that he came to visit and also that he met those involved in his father's care.

Duchess of Cornwall speaks to Zoe Broadhead, Critical Care Outreach Sister during a visit on International Nurse Day to Whittington Hospital

Duchess of Cornwall meets Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse Giselle Padmore-Payne, centre, during a visit on International Nurse Day to Whittington Hospital

'We were just so honoured to have treated his father and it was wonderful to see the Prince of Wales today. 'It was particularly special that he got the opportunity to speak to some of our staff here ahead of International Nurses' Day tomorrow.' 

'It was particularly special that he got the opportunity to speak to some of our staff here. '

St Bartholomew's is the oldest hospital in the country to remain on its original site, 

And at the start of his visit Prince Charles was briefed on planned restoration works for the hospital's Grade I listed buildings ahead of its 900th birthday in 2023.

The hospital has provided free healthcare on the same site since reign of Henry I and today is home to the largest cardiac unit in Europe and London's second biggest cancer centre.

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