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Camilla gets pair of boots as she backs action against osteoporosis

The Duchess of Cornwall will be sporting a stylish new look the next time she goes out walking - boots with orange laces.

Camilla was given a pair of £300 Dubarry calf length boots with the brightly coloured ties as she threw her support behind the National Osteoporosis Society's (NOS) new campaign - Lace Up For Bones - to encourage the nation to get active.

The presentation came during a star-studded event to celebrate the charity's 30th anniversary with guests including actors Richard E. Grant, Felicity Kendall, Miriam Margolyes and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

It was also a family affair with her children Tom Parker-Bowles and Laura Lopes among those invited along with her sister Annabel Elliot and Princess Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto.

The event was billed as a Clarence House garden party but was hastily moved to the nearby state apartments of St James's Palace just before torrential summer showers fell.

Kendall said: "I've been a supporter for years, my mother had osteoporosis and I have a very young friend aged 40 and she has quite serious osteoporosis.

"It's a sort of silent disease, associated a lot with being very old and lazy but actually that's not true. People really don't know about it and it's not an easy one to talk about."

Grant, who has been an NOS supporter for a few years, said after Camilla gave a short speech: "The Duchess of Cornwall said it affects one in five men and one in two women so statistically you can't ignore it, and they've been huge advances she said in the last 30 years, hopefully there will be more."

The actor said he was returning to New Mexico in America next week where he is filming the movie Wolverine 3 with the film's star Hugh Jackman and is playing a mad scientist.

He said about the charity: "More money, more support you can get in any which way that's the function of today."

In her speech Camilla told the guests: "I became involved in it in 1994 after watching my mother stoically suffering the appalling pain and ignominy of this devastating disease, which in the end resulted in her early death at the age of 72.

"Back in those dark old days my family was not alone in knowing next to nothing about osteoporosis. It was rarely discussed and seldom diagnosed and usually attributed to women of a certain age.

"I was determined, for my mama's sake, to find out more and to find a way of helping others avoid the same excruciating pain and disregard that she, and many of her generation had encountered."

The Duchess, wearing a powder blue dress by Bruce Oldfield, praised the huge advances in tackling osteoporosis as a result of the charity's work.

But she warned: "We still have a long way to go. It is estimated that about three million people in the UK have osteoporosis. One out of two women over the age of 50 will break a bone as a result of it and I'm sorry to say that men don't get away with it either. One out of five of them will suffer a fracture too.

"It actually costs NHS hospitals a staggering £5 million a day in hip fractures alone."

She concluded: "I can only hope and pray that, with your help, the next 30 years will find a cure for osteoporosis, so that future generations will be spared its ravages."

Other guests included NOS ambassadors Susan Hampshire and Wendy Craig, actress Fiona Fullerton, author Jilly Cooper, skincare guru Liz Earle and businessmen Rocco Forte.

The charity's Lace Up For Bones project will be launched on July 18 and is designed to spread the word about osteoporosis and the charity, with supporters wearing the bright orange laces and sharing photographs on social media.

During the event Camilla presented the Duchess of Cornwall Award, which recognises an individual for their outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis, to Professor David Marsh, Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedics, University College London.

The former orthopaedic surgeon has been involved in a number of significant projects including setting up and running the National Hip Fracture Database, leading to significant improvements in patient care.


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