The Duchess of Cornwall visited two Wiltshire destinations on 7th December.
As Patron of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, she attended the Bowood House Christmas Extravaganza which was helping to raise funds for the charity.
She was met by Lord and Lady Lansdowne on arrival, then met the Director of the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Mrs Jennie Shaw and other representatives and volunteers from the charity.
Her Royal Highness also met authors Xanthe Clay and Tom Parker-Bowles who were signing their cookery books in the Library as part of Bowood’s ‘Cooks-with-books’ signing sessions.
In the Chapel, HRH took time opportunity to listen to a short Christmas Carol performance by the Chamber Choir from St. Mary’ School, Calne, before moving on to visit the festive stalls. Amongst her shopping items she was spotted with a grey and red union jack-patterned dog neckerchief.
In the afternoon, she visited flood victims in Malmesbury in the Rose and Crown pub, offering her sympathies as she sat talking amongst them. Tom Hadland told her that they still had 5 dehumudifiers running and that they would have no floor until February.
She was also introduced to emergency service staff on duty when the worst flooding in 40 years hit the town. She asked Chris Harvey how many people he rescued. He explained that he had rescued four from properties in Malmesbury and over a four day period had helped rescue a further 40 from cars in flood water across North Wiltshire.
HRH also took the time to visit a flood damaged home with the Mayor of Malmesbury, Ray Sanderson.
She departed by car to join her husband Prince Charles in nearby Tetbury for the Christmas light switch on.