The Duchess of Cornwall carries out engagements in Central London

Published 28 July 2020
The Duchess of Cornwall at the National Gallery

The Duchess of Cornwall today carried out engagements in Central London, visiting the National Gallery and Boots’ Piccadilly Store.

At the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, The Duchess met staff involved in its Covid-19 response and reopening process.

After 111 days with its doors closed, the gallery started welcoming visitors again on 8th July – the first major national art museum to reopen in the UK following lockdown.

The Duchess toured parts of the gallery, including the newly renovated Room 32, and saw the restored Anthony van Dyck painting, Equestrian Portrait of Charles I.

At Boots’ Piccadilly Store, The Duchess heard about the company’s support of the charity Hestia’s Safe Spaces programme for victims of domestic violence.

Beginning in May, Boots UK announced that it was working in partnership with the charity Hestia and its ‘UK SAYS NO MORE’ campaign to offer victims of domestic abuse access to safe spaces in Boots pharmacy consultation rooms across its 2,400 stores.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness received an update on the Wash Bag Project, a scheme launched by The Duchess in 2017.

The scheme donates a wash bag of toiletries to Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) clients, providing them with some comfort at a difficult time.