Queen Consort Camilla forced to postpone West Midlands visit after contracting illness

The Queen Consort Camilla has been forced to postpone a visit to the West Midlands on Tuesday after contracting a "seasonal illness", Buckingham Palace has said in a statement.

The 75 year old was set to carry out several engagements including celebrating the centenary of Elmhurst Ballet School and visiting Southwater One Library in Telford.

Camilla was also to have unveiled a stone for Telford Veterans’ Trail, as well as a plaque to commemorate the visit during the Valentine's Day trip on 14 February.

However the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, the King's representative, confirmed today (Monday 13) that the visit has been postponed.

According to the Shropshire Star, Lord Lieutenant Anna Turner, said: "Sadly the visit has been delayed because Her Majesty’s doctor has advised against making any visits tomorrow due to illness.

"Although disappointing we wouldn’t want her to make a visit when she was under the weather, and we had a full programme of groups and charities to meet."

Camilla was due to visit Elmhurst Ballet School in Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Tuesday, to celebrate its centenary, and later that day a library in Telford to thank staff and representatives from outreach and voluntary groups for their contribution to the community.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen Consort was suffering from a “seasonal illness” but it was hoped a new date could be found soon for the postponed events.

Though it is not yet known how poorly the Queen Consort is at this time, Camilla has a busy week of events ahead of her and the spokesman said she hoped to be feeling well enough to undertake an engagement on Wednesday.

The special Royal visit had been eagerly anticipated by those who expected to meet her tomorrow, from local schoolchildren and the Abraham Darby Show band due to welcome her arrival to members of charity organisations.

The Queen Consort was also to have met representative of adult volunteer reading support group Read Easy, and representatives of Telford Interfaith Council.

She was also scheduled to meet with members of Telford Crisis Support, Telford After Care Team (TACT), charities STAY and Maninplace, as well as Shropshire Youth Support Trust, ambassadors of PODS (Parents Opening Doors) and volunteers of East Shropshire Talking Newspaper In Kind Direct.

Last week saw Camilla playing matchmaker when she promised a little girl she would pass on her note requesting a playdate withPrincess Charlotte.

The Queen Consort made her pledge to eight year old Charlotte-Rose Hickson when she visited Storm Family Centre, a charity supporting domestic abuse survivors in south London, an experience she described as a privilege and honour.


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