Fans greet the Dutchess
PUBLISHED: 11:34 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:17 25 August 2010
RESIDENTS gathered outside a tiny fan museum shouting we love you Camilla and bravo as the Duchess of Cornwall entered the venue she was patron of. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall made her second visit to Greenwich s Fan Museum in Croom s
RESIDENTS gathered outside a tiny fan museum shouting "we love you Camilla" and "bravo" as the Duchess of Cornwall entered the venue she was patron of.
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall made her second visit to Greenwich's Fan Museum in Croom's Hill on Tuesday evening
She toured the military-themed War and Peace exhibition before attending a reception for friends and supporters of the museum.
During the visit she held an 18th century fan depicting Alexander the Great and the family of Darius and saw a Japanese dagger fan from 19th century battles.
The Duchess has been patron of the Crooms Hill museum since February 2008 and owns several fans of her own which she takes with her to hot countries.
A spokeswoman for HRH said she had a "real interest" in the specialist museum and was "fascinated" to see the latest display of some 170 fans.
One of the exhibition's lenders Madame Lieutenant Colonel Ondine Pavy Pluvinage, who showed HRH Camilla, around said: "She had a real interest in all the fans. Some are outstanding because they are rare and so unusual. Most of them are victory and celebration fans but some are antiquity fans more for fashion purposes."
The museum's director, Helélè Alexander, also showed Camilla around the exhibits and said she was delighted the Duchess had taken such an interest in the latest exhibition.
Camilla wore a simple but chic fitted black dress with a belt. Pearls accessorised the outfit along with a pair of low heels.
It was her second visit following her acceptance of the patronage in February last year when she saw the A Touch of Dutch temporary exhibition.