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"I watched my own mother and grandmother suffering the appalling consequences of osteoporosis, which in the end resulted in their deaths," the royal said at Southampton University on England's south coast

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February 11, 2016 11:10 AM

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall received an honorary doctorate on Thursday in recognition for her inspiring leadership for highlighting the fight against osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and fragile and is most common among older women.

The royal grandma, who wore a long academic gown, spoke movingly about the “deeply personal” reason why she has been campaigning for greater support in the fight against the crippling illness.

“I watched my own mother and grandmother suffering the appalling consequences of osteoporosis, which in the end resulted in their deaths,” she said at Southampton University on England’s south coast.

“When my mother died in 1994, I knew scarcely anything about osteoporosis, but I was determined to find out more – and to find a way of helping other people avoid the same excruciating pain and disregard that she encountered in those bad old days.”

Camilla became patron of the National Osteoporosis Society and then its president in 2001.

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Praising the university for the vital work it does, she also hailed the charity, which “never forgets the people for whom it works – those who must live with osteoporosis every day.”

Camilla, who last week wore funky frog glasses to highlight the drive to improve literacy in children, met with the Faculty of Medicine at the university to learn more about how they work with local hospitals to research skeletal issues.

In honoring Camilla, the university said, “She has been a champion for all who work with, or suffer from, this debilitating disorder which leads to many thousands of fractures each year.

“The excellence of the clinical service and research program . . . would not have been possible without the encouragement and support that she has given.”

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