Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall debuts a fun baked-bean clutch

The Duchess of Cornwall traded her typically classic and conservative aesthetic for something a lot more quirky on Thursday (June 11), as all eyes were on her baked beans-shaped sequined clutch.

The glitzy number, created by British label The Rodnik Band, added a heavy dose of colour and pizzazz to Camilla’s outfit.

The royal seemed keen to embrace the London sunshine, dressing in a pretty patterned blue summery dress and a cream blazer. She completed her look with a simple strand of pearls and matching pearl drop earrings.


camilla holding glitzy bag created by The Rodnik Band
The glitzy bag has been created by The Rodnik Band

Prince Charles’ wife was attending an engagement in her role as President of the Elephant Family, the conservation charity set up by her late brother Mark Shand. The travel writer passed away in April 2014 after a tragic accident in New York.

Showing her support for her brother’s charity, Camilla helped unveil a ten-foot colourful statue of Tara the elephant in the middle of the Duke of York Square in Chelsea.

The Duchess of Cornwall looked pretty in a blue summery dress and cream blazer

Around 50 schoolchildren were on hand to help the Duchess, who looked thrilled to be attending the event in memory of her younger sibling. Camilla also gave a nod to the charity by sporting a sweet elephant brooch on her lapel.

Earlier that morning the Duchess had visited a new city farm in Waterloo. Camilla, 67, had a close encounter with a piglet, who she gamely stroked and petted despite its squealing.

“Oh you poor thing, you’re not very happy are you?” said Camilla. “I think he’s a bit frightened.”

camilla with children in front of the elephant
Camilla was unveiling a statue of an elephant in honour of her late brother’s charity

The enclosure and petting zoo is being run by Jamie’s Farm, the children’s charity of which Camilla is a patron.

The royal had the chance to speak to youngsters at the launch, who showed her a herb garden and the vegetables they were growing.

“This looks wonderful,” she said. “Are any of you into food or cooking and will you try to use this?”

“Broad beans are just my favourite vegetable,” she added. “This is just a veritable feast.”

camilla petting the piglet
Camilla also paid a visit to a farm run by charity Jamie’s Farm, where she met a little piglet

After chatting to one boy who explained how much he loved working with the animals, Camilla agreed, saying: “The nice thing about animals is that you can just come down and work and talk to them when things get too much – although probably not here as it’s a bit noisy.”

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