The Duchess of Cornwall Gifted her Wedding Photo During Visit to Aluva Palace

The Duchess of Cornwall Gifted her Wedding Photo During Visit to Aluva Palace
Sat 16-11-2013

The Duchess of Cornwall received a weird yet special gift during her visit to the Aluva Palace in Karela.

Duchess Camilla was visiting the Women's Empowerment Group at the palace when she was given an old olive bottle as a gift by artist Sherin Manadath.

The bottle was filled with colored gel and decorated with the Duchess' 2005 wedding picture inside.

"Look at me on this - brilliant," she said as she looked at the bottle in great detail.

"That's very kind of you, thank you very much," she added.

Shanin said: "It only took about 10 minutes to make. I stuck the picture inside the bottle and added colored gel. I made it especially for the Duchess and she said 'It's wonderful, amazing'."

There was also a vase decorated with a photograph taken earlier in the royal couple's tour, showing them standing in front of a magnificent Hindu temple in Delhi.

The unusual items were some of dozens on display made by women encouraged to start up cottage industries by a state-wide initiative aimed at helping them out of poverty.

Camilla's visit marked the 7th day of her official tour of India, and it certainly seemed as though she was enjoying herself as she browsed the array of gifts and artwork on offer.

The Duchess was showing her support for the Kerala governance system called Kudumbashree, which fosters women's entrepreneurial skills and encourages women to form self-help groups.