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A right royal (socially-distanced) outing to London's National Gallery for the Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall visited the National Gallery, London, today and was shown Anthony van Dyck’s conserved Equestrian Portrait of Charles I © The National Gallery, London

Sporting a blue face mask with a peacock design, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, this morning paid a socially distanced visit to London’s National Gallery to congratulate staff on their 8 July reopening, after its 111-day coronavirus closure.

Gabriele Finaldi, the gallery's director, escorted her to the renovated Rausing room and to see Anthony van Dyck’s conserved Equestrian Portrait of Charles I (around 1637–38). Prince Charles, the duchess's husband, has served as the gallery’s royal patron since 2017 and was also a trustee in 1986-93.

On one never-to-be-forgotten occasion in 1984, Charles described an architectural proposal (later dropped) for the Sainsbury Wing as a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”. Although the prince did not accompany the duchess today, he attended the openings of the Michelangelo & Sebastiano (2017) and Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (2019) exhibitions.