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In Pictures: Royal earthquake visit

An army helicopter arrives in the mountainous village of Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have visited the quake-hit village of Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. They flew in by army helicopter.

Banners welcome Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to the village of Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Banners welcomed the royal couple to the village, in which more than 1,670 people - around 15% of its 11,000 population - died in last year's quake.

An armed guard in camouflage in the village of Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Scores of armed guards in camouflage were in Pattika to protect Charles and Camilla, who are on a five-day tour of the region.

Men peer off a cliff face next to the main road to the village of Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Two Pakistani Special Branch officers on their way to guard the village for the prince's visit were killed when their truck veered off the road and into the ravine into the Neelam River.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tour the shattered ruins of their houses in the village of Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Charles and Camilla viewed the wreckage of houses and spoke to those who were still homeless.

Two girls present Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with a bunch of flowers at a government girls' school flattened by the earthquake in Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Two students presented the couple with bouquets at a government girls' school flattened by the quake.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, meets a patient in a new health clinic paid for by aid in Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Charles told one of the villagers: "Our sympathies are with you."

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets workers in a new Red Cross health clinic paid for by aid in Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

While touring a new health clinic paid for by aid, Camilla said of the devastation: "When you see it on television, you have no idea."

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tries to calm six-month-old Zobia Babe who was being given a vaccination jab in a new Red Cross health clinic paid for by aid in Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Camilla tried to calm six-month-old Zobia Babe who was being given a vaccination jab to prevent diseases such as polio, in the Red Cross clinic.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, pats a donkey at an animal centre in the village of Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Camilla met one of the donkeys at an animal centre run by the Brooke Hospital for Animals charity, of which she has become president.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, crouches on the floor to listen to local farmers sitting cross legged on blankets in the shade in Pattika in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Charles crouched on the floor to listen to stories of hardship from local farmers who sat cross legged on blankets in the shade.




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