Queen Camilla appeared eager to learn as she peeked through a microscope during her visit to a UCL laboratory which specialises in developing new approaches to studying multiple autoimmune diseases.
The royal, 75, sported a crisp white lab coat over a chic patterned maxi-dress as she arrived at The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead to learn about the work being done by JDRF, a type 1 diabetes charity which Camilla is President of.
She was later seen chatting up a storm with fitness star Mr Motivator at a reception for supporters of the organisation, with former Prime Minister Theresa May among those in attendance.
Camilla prioritised comfort with cream suede shoes that featured a stylish, but sporty chunky sole.
The wife of King Charles III styled her platinum bob into her signature flared style opting for a simply glamorous make-up look that accentuated her eyes.
She attentively listened on while learning about the world-class medical research being undertaken to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes.
Her Majesty also heard about JDRF’s Connect Immune Research partnership which looks at the links between auto immune conditions. Theresa May, pictured centre, was among those in attendance
Also present at today’s engagement was Derrick Evans (Mr Motivator), pictured right – whose daughter is diagnosed with the condition
The Queen appeared in high spirits during today’s educational tour around the lab in Hampstead
Her Majesty also heard about JDRF’s Connect Immune Research partnership which looks at the links between auto immune conditions, and attended a a reception for supporters and staff members.
The Queen heard from a young woman who has type 1 diabetes and juvenile arthritis.
Theresa May – who has type 1 diabetes – was also in attendance and was seen conversing with the royal.
Also present was Derrick Evans (Mr Motivator) – whose daughter is diagnosed with the condition – and Jamie Austin, who earlier this year ran the length of the M1 (220 miles) to raise funds for the charity.
Derrick and Camilla threw their heads back in laughter as they spoke, clearly delighting in each other’s conversation.
It comes following a busy week for Camilla, who along with her husband led the festivities at a conservation charity ball.
The couple appeared in great spirits at the party at Lancaster House to mark the 20th anniversary of wildlife conservation charity Elephant Family, which was established in 2003 by Her Majesty’s late brother Mark Shand.
This year’s annual Animal Ball was a celebration of indigenous communities, hosted by the Elephant Family in partnership with the British Asian Trust.
The royal, 75, sported a crisp white labcoat over a chic patterned maxi-dress as she arrived at The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead
The wife of King Charles III styled her platinum bob into her signature flared style opting for a simply glamorous make-up look that accentuated her eyes
Queen Camilla appeared eager to learn as she peeked through a microscope during her visit to a laboratory which specialises in developing new approaches to studying multiple autoimmune diseases
Camilla appeared to enjoy an animated chat with Derrick as the pair both attended today’s engagement
Camilla looked delighted to speak with the fitness instructor, whose daughter is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
The duo enjoyed a laugh as they were seen talking to each other at today’s event in Hampstead, northwest London
At the London event, the King and Queen, dressed in a custom Anna Valentine, presented two Elephant Family awards – the Mark Shand Award and the Tara Award – to recognise contributions to protecting Asian wildlife.
On arrival in the garden at Lancaster House, Their Majesties were met by Ruth Ganesh, co-founder of the Elephant Family, and Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust.
Many well-heeled guests joined the royal couple at the glitzy event, including Christian Louboutin, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sir Brian May, his wife Anita Dobson, Donna Air, Keely Hawes, Emma Weymouth and Gwendoline Christie.
The garden at Lancaster House was decorated with the charity’s Lanterna Elephant sculptures, which were part of the ‘Co-Existence’ exhibition across the Royal Parks in 2021.
Amongst the Lanterna Elephant sculptures, the King and Queen met the night’s award winners, which included members of the Adivasi tribal community from the Nilgiri Mountains, India.
The community received the Elephant Family’s Mark Shand Award for 2023 from the Queen. The King and Queen also met Oscar-winning Indian documentary-maker, Kartiki Gonsalves, who received the newly created Tara Award from His Majesty.
The Tara Award is named after Mark Shand’s elephant, who first inspired the establishment of the Elephant Family.
She attentively listened on while learning about the world-class medical research being undertaken to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes
Her Majesty appeared engaged as she heard all about the latest developments in research at today’s event
After hearing about exciting developments at the laboratory, Camilla attended a a reception for supporters and staff members
Camilla looked deeply engaged in conversation as she hear about research into autoimmune diseases
Camilla enjoyed listening about the latest research into new approaches to study multiple autoimmune diseases
The Queen looked impressed during today’s engagement at The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead
After meeting the charity’s supporters and performers at the Animal Ball, the King and Queen proceeded to a marquee for the award presentations.
During the presentation, Their Majesties listened to a series of musical performances from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and singer-songwriter Tom Odell.
The King urged people to ‘pay attention’ to indigenous communities ‘before it’s too late’ during an impromptu speech after presenting a conservation award at the ball.
He said: ‘I think it’s over 35 years ago now that I tried to see if I could set up a project to collate as much of the indigenous knowledge and wisdom as possible throughout the world. But in those days, nobody wanted to know.
‘But now if I may say so, it is absolutely critical that we turn to all that indigenous knowledge and wisdom as the only way really of restoring the balance and harmony that is so badly needed in this world if we are going to save the planet.
‘So it’s up to all of us to pay attention to that knowledge and that wisdom before it’s too late.’