Duchess of Cornwall cancels visit to Royal Navy medics in Portsmouth

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A planned visit by the Duchess of Cornwall to Portsmouth Naval Base today has been cancelled because she is unwell and suffered from gastroenteritis.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House said the Duchess has been forced to withdraw from the engagement.

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall

She said: ‘The Duchess of Cornwall has been forced to withdraw from an engagement in Portsmouth this morning due to a bout of gastroenteritis.

‘Her royal highness is very disappointed that she will be unable to present medals and take the salute to mark the completion of Operation Gritlock.

‘The UK supports the global Ebola threat.’

The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas will now be hosting the presentation instead.

Camilla was due to present medals to personnel from the Royal Navy Medical Services based in RFA Argus, who played a key role in combating the ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

RFA Argus is a primary casualty receiving ship as joined Operation Gritlock – Britain’s aid effort which providing medical care as well as transporting equipment to the afflicted African nation.