The Duchess of Cornwall is off to a ‘stunning’ start to her new role as theater patron

The Duchess of Cornwall made a dramatic entrance in her new role as Royal Patron of the National Theater by smashing plates on stage.

Amilla was welcomed to the theater in London by staff and members of the National Theatre’s community programme, Public Acts, as well as the theatre’s executive director Kate Varah and director Rufus Norris.

After watching a 10-minute rehearsal of The Odyssey performed by public acts, Camilla was invited onto the stage, where she asked individual questions from the staff about their role at the company and how long they had been there.

“It looked like fun!” she said to a performer as she made the rounds while being warned not to “touch anything” by one of the costume designers who was showing Camilla her work.


The Duchess was invited to meet The Ocean At The End of the Lane’s props and costume teams, cast and puppeteers and on-site staff (Frank Augstein/PA)

Before leaving, Camilla was invited by the director of the theater to smash some prop records on stage, which she was happy to do.

This was the first time the Duchess had visited the National Theater since taking royal patronage from the Duchess of Sussex.

Camilla was handed the prestigious role by the Queen last month after Meghan was dismissed from the position as part of the post-Megxit review.

Rufus Norris told the PA news agency the Duchess was particularly “surprised” by the amount of community and educational work the National Theater is doing.


Camilla introduced herself to all members of the Public Acts community program (Frank Augstein/PA)

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Mr Norris said: “We are delighted to be working with her. Before the workshop we had a private meeting between Kate, myself and the Duchess.

“The most important thing is to get to know each other and talk about the priorities for the royal family and how we can work together in the future.”

He added asking her to smash plates was inspired by David Eldridge’s Middle, which opens later on Wednesday.

“Let’s just say there’s a scene where not all of the dishes survive the performance. As an example of what the props team does, it was an opportunity to have a little fun and let them throw around a little bit,” he said.

“She talked about trying again later when she got home and I was a little worried that might not be the best idea!”

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