The Duchess Of Cornwall Visits Flint House
The Duchess toured Flint House rehabilitation centre in Oxfordshire on February 22nd, having requested to visit after one of her personal police guards was treated at the facility. In the physiotherapy room, the Duchess sympathised with West Mercia policeman, Nicholas Stinton, likening his broken ankle to the injury she suffered in a fall last year.
Mr Stinton, 42, who was hurt while carrying out an arrest in October, said: "She was really friendly and easy to talk to."She said that she'd suffered a broken leg whilst out walking, so we had something in common, and she'd had a similar treatment to myself, so that was nice." As she left the room, the Duchess remarked: "I'd quite like to lie down here and have a lot of physio on me!"
Meeting staff in the restaurant, the Duchess was clearly impressed with the menu, saying: "I hear the food is perfect here." She also described the cakes as "delicious". She chatted to catering manager Robert Chalmers, joking that the excellent cuisine could cause weight problems for the residents. "Luckily they've got all those machines to get on, otherwise they wouldn't be able to get out the door," she quipped.
The Duchess also toured the hydro pool and disabled suite before heading to the gym to see recovering officers in action. The royal showed amusement as she watched Metropolitan Police constable, Jason Joy, carrying out one-legged squats whilst standing on a step.Speaking to Jason, known as 'Chunky' to his friends, she asked: "Are your quadriceps pretty good then?"PC Joy, 40, injured his knee on a fast roping course two years ago and needed two pins placed in his leg. He is receiving two weeks of physiotherapy at the centre.
Camilla's visit was one in a long line of royal appointments at the centre. The Queen is patron of the facility, which opened at Goring in 1988. The Duchess's visit follows those of her husband, who opened a new wing in 1995 and paid a return visit 2008.