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Royal Treat - Duchess of Cornwall Visits Fan Museum

The Duchess was making her fourth visit to the museum

Greenwich residents were in for a royal treat when the Duchess of Cornwall recently made a special trip to the community's Fan Museum.

The Duchess was making her fourth visit to the museum, situated close to Greenwich Market, to see the new exhibition: Waterloo: Life & Times.

Launched to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the new exhibition features fans and fan leaves made to commemorate the Iron Duke's victory over Napoleon.

Unsurprisingly, the Duke of Wellington himself features on many of the fans, most of which date from between 1800 and 1820, as does Nelson.

The Duchess was escorted by Jacb Moss, Curator at the Museum and Helene Alexander, Founder of the Fan Museum, which opened in 1991.

The Duchess, who is the museum's patron, was businesslike in a tailored pinstriped suit and looked particularly taken with a delicate Spanish fan that boasted an intricate lacy pattern cut from white damask as well as fans featuring the Duke of Wellington and Admiral Nelson.

Afterwards, the Duchess was shown into the Museum's Orangery, where she was shown the new mural decorating the back wall and had the secrets of re-ribboning a brisé [broken] fan explained.

Waterloo: Life and Times runs until May 10. For more on the museum visit thefanmuseum.org.uk


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