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Future consort Camilla’s secret skill would have endeared her to Philip and the Queen

COP26: Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at the event in Glasgow

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The 74-year-old future consort has penned a foreword for artist Neil Forster, who died in 2016. The touching words appear in a catalogue accompanying a new exhibition about the figurative artist, at the Osborne Studio Gallery in Belgravia.

Noting the tribute, which describes Mr Forster’s “gifts for living and for teaching”, Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden said: “Who knew the Duchess of Cornwall could paint? #royal”

Writing in the Mail, he said Mr Forster taught the Duchess “how to paint”.

Camilla wrote: “Neil was an extraordinary man; an artist through and through, with the soul, the temperament and the frayed clothes to match.

“His outstanding skills were equalled by his gifts for living and for teaching.”

Royal fans loved the tribute Camilla had given to the adored artist.

@annetekiri tweeted: “Isn’t it lovely that the Duchess of Cornwall still has attributes to reveal.”

Hanna tweeted: “I’d like to see one of her paintings.

“PP [Prince Philip] and PC [Prince Charles] were/are good artists too.”

As the tweet references, both Phillip and Charles have been recognised as avid painters over the years.

On the Royal Collection Trust website, a selection of Philip’s works can be found, including a number of objects the now-passed royal designed himself.

@LouLouLa10 tweeted: “I have an awful lot of time for Camilla who supports such fantastic causes.”

Marlene Schneider reminisced about a trip Charles and Camilla made in the 1990s for the purpose of painting.

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They tweeted: “I remember them taking a vacation together to paint, way back in the 90s.”

Princess Eugenie has recently taken a leaf out of her fellow royals’ books, as she took part in an art therapy class.

The 31-year-old took part in the art class in West London last week.

Along with The Anti-Slavery Collective charity foundation, the Princess painted a mountain scene during her session.

The Anti-Slavery Collective, which the Princess helped co-found, share the news of her visit.

They posted on Instagram: “Yesterday our co-founder, HRH Princess Eugenie, was delighted to visit a Salvation Army outreach hub to take part in an art therapy class alongside modern slavery survivors.

“They painted murals themed around freedom and what it meant to each survivor.

“The Salvation Army offers survivors of modern slavery a wide range of services including: confidential legal advice, health care, counselling, educational opportunities, financial support, and support in obtaining employment and housing.

“Pictured alongside HRH Princess Eugenie is Director for Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Kathy Betteridge, and Service Manager for The Salvation Army’s London Outreach service, Jenny Gibson.”

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