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Camilla turns on festive lights
The Duchess of Cornwall at Burlington Arcade
Camilla met shoppers at the 19th century arcade
The Duchess of Cornwall has switched on a shopping centre's Christmas lights.

Camilla turned on the festive decorations at Piccadilly's Burlington Arcade, an upmarket shopping centre in central London.

The London arcade, which is almost two centuries old, is a short distance from Camilla's home, Clarence House.

Thursday evening's event was held in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society, of which she is the current president.

Smarty-dressed shoppers sipped champagne and wine as the Duchess moved through the busy arcade greeting people.

Burlington Arcade, commissioned by the Earl of Burlington, first opened in 1819 selling jewellery and "fancy articles of fashionable demand", according to its website.

Originally brought in to keep ruffians out and ban singing, humming and rushing, Beadles dressed in Edwardian frock coats and top hats are still in place today and are charged with keeping noise levels down.


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