The Duchess of Cornwall happily accepts a very special parking ticket

by Emily Nash

The Duchess of Cornwall's is used to leaving charity events with cards, notes and flowers, but during her visit to the Poppy Factory in Cornwall on Thursday (Feb. 4), the royal was handed a bright yellow parking ticket! Camilla, who accessorized her Anne Valentine dress with a sparkly diamante poppy broach, was surprised to receive the dreaded citation at a reception for injured, sick and wounded military veterans.

The Duchess of Cornwall was given a parking ticket by ex-paratrooper Richard Dungate.

She quickly saw the funny side when she realized it was a joke gift from one ex-soldier who found a new career as a parking enforcement officer thanks to support from the organization.

Camilla, who is patron of the Poppy Factory, giggled as she posed for a photograph with ex-paratrooper Richard Dungate, saying, "I'll have to hang this up on my wall."

Camilla is patron of the Poppy Factory.

Pointing to his business card attached to the back of the frame, he told her, "This is your get out of jail free card if you ever get caught out in Cornwall."

Richard, a former lance corporal in the Royal Anglian Regiment, had framed the quirky gift for the duchess after travelling from his home near Truro, Cornwall, for the event to celebrate the charity having helped 500 veterans find sustainable employment since 2011.

He told Hello!, "I was going to put it on her motor, but they wouldn't allow me.

"It was an honour to meet the duchess; what a lovely lady and she listens as well."

Describing how the Poppy Factory helped him find the job after he battled post traumatic stress disorder, he said, "It puts the injection back into you. I couldn't have done it without them."

'I'll have to hang this up on my wall', she said after being gifted with the parking ticket.

The Poppy Factory was founded in 1922 to provide veterans left disabled after World War One find work putting together commemorative poppies, and it still makes wreaths and crosses from its base in Richmond, Surrey.

It has since become a specialist employability charity for disabled veterans, helping them find work with civilian firms.

Employment consultants help them with their CVs, job skills and careers advice, while a mentor stays in touch with them throughout the first year in a job to help them settle in.

Those served by the charity are often some of the hardest veterans to help and typically seek help several years after leaving the military after suffering a crisis.

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