9 September 2006


By Victoria Bone (how appropriate)

THE Duchess of Cornwall is to do a 10-mile walk in aid of osteoporosis.

She will hike around Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate in Scotland on September 20.

It signals the start of a week of special Big Bone Walks for the National Osteoporosis Society.

Camilla, who is president of the charity, is hoping the events will raise awareness of brittle bone disease.

She chose the route herself and will be joined by local children as well as osteoporosis sufferers.

The condition affects one in two women and one in five men over 50 and can lead to broken bones in the hips, spine and wrists.

Regular walking and a calcium-rich diet can help.

The cause is close to the Duchess's heart after she lost her mother and grandmother to the disease.

Big Bone Walk organiser Stephanie Lear said: "It is fantastic Her Royal Highness is taking the lead and stepping out for osteoporosis."

People interested in joining a walk or organising their own can call 0845 1303076.