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Jennifer Newton

Queen Camilla pulls out of another engagement as she continues Covid recovery

The Queen Consort has pulled out of yet another engagement as she continues to recover from a bout of Covid.

She missed an engagement at the food distribution organisation The Felix Project this morning, with King Charles carrying out a solo visit in Camilla's absence.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "Her Majesty has made an excellent recovery from last week's illness.

"However, to allow for additional preparation ahead of Thursday's rescheduled literary reception and other commitments, Her Majesty will not be attending today's Felix Project engagement.

"His Majesty's diary remains unaffected."

The Palace announced on February 13 – nine days ago – that Camilla, 75, had tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time after suffering from cold-like symptoms.

Queen Consort Camilla who is continuing to recover from Covid (PA)

She missed visits to Milton Keynes, Birmingham and Telford last week and postponed a Clarence House literary reception to celebrate the second anniversary of her Reading Room book club, which is now due to take place tomorrow.

Her last engagement was on Thursday, February 9 when she visited Storm Family Centre, a charity supporting domestic abuse survivors in south London.

The Queen Consort also caught Covid early last year and had to cancel her appearance at a number of events in the aftermath of the illness.

The Princess Royal deputised for Camilla at the Cheltenham festival last March, as she was pacing herself after overcoming the virus. She also missed a Commonwealth event.

King Charles chats to volunteers and drivers at The Felix Project in Poplar, East London (PA)
Charles chats to staff making meals for vulnerable people (Getty Images)

Today at The Felix Project, Charles toured the warehouse and kitchens, where volunteers were preparing and packing meals.

The organisation, which distributes surplus supermarket food, is London’s largest food redistribution charity and works to tackle both food waste and food poverty.

Its kitchen makes between 3,500 and 5,000 meals every day, ranging from chicken curry and rice to lentil bake and mashed potatoes.

More than two million meals have been distributed so far to organisations which either help people with no access to cooking facilities, or provide meals but do not have the catering facilities to feed everyone using their service.

The charity, in a partnership with The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, recently received a starter fund of £1 million, including a substantial personal donation from the King, which is being used to supply more than 800 fridges and freezers to organisations across the UK to help store more fresh and frozen food.

The King unveiled a freezer during the visit (PA)

Charlotte Hill, the Felix Project’s chief executive, said Camilla was missed, especially after her recent visit with Charles to one of the organisations that receives food from the Felix.

She said: “We recently went out to the Harrow Hub, who are one of the community partners we deliver food to, and His Majesty and the Queen Consort both were able to come on that visit.

“So of course we’re disappointed that the Queen Consort isn’t here today, but we hope there’ll be a chance in the future for her to come out and visit a Felix Project depot and we wish her all the best in her recovery.”

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