Sunday 17 December 2017

Camilla in toddler bouquet drama

The Duchess of Cornwall had to deal with a young girl who was reluctant to hand over some flowers
The Duchess of Cornwall had to deal with a young girl who was reluctant to hand over some flowers

The Duchess of Cornwall came up smelling of roses after a potentially embarrassing run-in with a young fan and a pretty bouquet.

Little Ffion Keany was proudly presented to Camilla by her mother as the royal couple toured a fresh produce farmers' market in Aberaeron, mid Wales.

The Duchess rewarded her with a warm smile when 22-month-old Ffion revealed a bouquet of colourful sweet peas destined for the royal visitor.

But as her mother, Lois Walters, 29, leaned closer to Camilla carrying her young daughter in her arms, Ffion herself suddenly had a change of mind.

She pulled the bouquet back from Camilla's outstretched hand, then snatched it away abruptly once she had her hand on it.

When the duchess, who was by now kneeling to collect the bouquet from the child placed on the ground, Ffion hung on desperately to the gift.

She then began to cry when her mother intervened and took the bouquet away and gave it to Camilla herself.

Camilla then moved quickly to calm the situation by plucking a single stem from the now somewhat tired bunch and presenting it with a smile to Ffion, saying: "This is for you."

Her mother hugged a smiling Ffion afterwards and said her daughter had been holding the flowers for some time after buying them at an organic vegetable stall in the market.

"I think that we will keep the flower and press it in a book," she said.

Press Association

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