Botanical porcelains and cockerel ornaments: Camilla Parker Bowles offers royal fans glimpse into Clarence House

Duchess of Cornwall regularly conducts Zoom meetings from Clarence House’s Morning Room

Olivia Petter
Friday 12 February 2021 11:42

The Duchess of Cornwall offered a rare glimpse into the interiors within Clarence House during a recent video call.

This week, Camilla, who is a patron of the domestic violence charity SafeLives, spoke to the charity’s Chief Executive, Suzanne Jacob, and SafeLives spokesperson, Rachel Williams, about the government’s new Ask for ANI initiative.

The scheme encourages domestic abuse victims to visit their local pharmacist and discreetly seek support by asking for ANI.

The phrase is an acronym for “Action Needed Immediately”, which, when uttered, will ensure the person is transferred to a safe space where they can discuss their next options and be put in touch with the police if needed.

However, royal fans who saw a clip of the video call, which was shared on the Clarence House Instagram page, couldn’t help but notice Camilla’s background as she sat in the luxurious Morning Room.

The room features ornate decor, such as a bust of the young Queen Elizabeth II, a Chelsea botanical porcelain collection and cockerel ornaments.

The Duchess was also pictured in front of a roaring fireplace while sitting at a large wooden desk that had a glass-top finish and was topped with a series of blue ornamental elephants, a silver pot of red pens, silver tray and a vase containing fresh pink tulips.

During the call, Camilla described the Ask for ANI initiative as “pure brilliance because it’s so simple, yet it’s so effective”.

In the caption below the Clarence House post, the royal household added: “Since its launch, approximately one person per day has used the service to access potentially life-saving support.

“The duchess has highlighted the work of domestic abuse charities in the UK and overseas for many years, with the aim of breaking taboo around the issue.

“In July, HRH visited Boots Piccadilly to view the newly opened ‘safe spaces’, in which victims can access advice and support.”

You can find out more about Ask for ANI here.

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