Camilla makes emotional visit to support 'devastating' illness that impacted her family

Queen Camilla headed to Bath this morning to visit the newly-opened offices of the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS), an organisation the royal has been championing for years. King Charles’s wife appeared in high spirits as she spoke with her hosts who led her through the building. 

In Bath, the royal had the chance to meet staff, volunteers and people in the helpline team. 

The ROS was formally known as the National Osteoporosis Society, which Camilla has a long history. 

The now Queen Consort became involved with the organisation in 1994, after her mother died with osteoporosis. 

In 1997, she became patron of the organisation, a role she retained until 2019, when she launched the ROS and became its president.  

Her Majesty has been vocal for decades about the importance to get checked and learn about potential risks of developing the bone disease, which she described as “devastating”. 

Last October, Camilla launched the appeal as she promoted an online questionnaire focused on osteoporosis, saying in a statement: “Both my grandmother and my mother died as a result of osteoporosis.

“At the time, the disease was seldom discussed, rarely diagnosed and was usually acknowledged as an unavoidable part of growing older.

“Now, thankfully, we know far more about the causes, symptoms and available treatments.”  

Camilla has often been candid about how painful and damaging osteoporosis can be to the body. 

Marking World Osteoporosis Day in a video released in October 2020, Camilla spoke about her mother’s suffering, saying: “In those dark old days [osteoporosis] was seldom discussed, rarely diagnosed and usually attributed to old women with so-called ‘dowager’s humps,’.

“My family and I knew nothing about it and were at a loss to know how we could help alleviate the terrible pain she suffered.”

She continued: “But how times have changed — today huge strides have been made in the treatment and research into osteoporosis, and we now know how it can be prevented and how we can support those who are living with it.”  

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