The Duchess of Cornwall attends the official launch of the Royal Osteoporosis Society

Today, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the official launch of the Royal Osteoporosis Society at the Science Museum. Her Royal Highness has been President of the National Osteoporosis Society since 2001, after becoming involved in 1997 following the deaths of her mother and grandmother as a result of the condition.

The Duchess began her visit by viewing displays charting the history of the Royal Osteoporosis Society and meeting individuals who have been involved in its work. The Royal Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this fragile bone disease. The charity offers free support and information to people affected by osteoporosis and associated broken bones, including a helpline that receives more than 13,000 enquiries a year.

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‘It was 25 years ago that my mother died as a result of osteoporosis. In fact, she was exactly the same age that I am now. Then it was never discussed, rarely diagnosed and always attributed to old people. I can’t believe 25 years later what I’m seeing now… It’s just incredible what’s happened and I just wish my mother was here today to see what could have been done.’ Today The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception to mark the launch of the @RoyalOsteoSoc. Formerly the National Osteoporosis Society, the charity was given approval for a Royal title by The Queen in September 2018. Osteoporosis is a fragile bone disease that causes debilitating and sometimes fatal fractures. The Duchess, who has been President since 2001, became involved with the charity following the deaths of her mother and grandmother as a result of the condition. Her Royal Highness met with some of the charity’s members, supporters and ambassadors before unveiling the society’s new logo. The Duchess’s visit also marked the launch of the world’s first Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy, which will bring together leading researchers, clinicians and academics to advance knowledge of osteoporosis and develop new medication and treatments. Her Royal Highness met some of those involved in the charity’s cure work programme to hear about its aims and future work. 📸 Press Association

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The Duchess’ visit also marked the launch of the world’s first Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy, which will bring together leading researchers, clinicians and academics in the field to advance scientific knowledge of the disease and drive the research for the development of new medication and treatments. At the launch, Her Royal Highness met academics, scientists and others involved with the development and delivery of the charity’s cure work programme to hear about its aims and future work.

Before departing, The Duchess listened to a short speech from the society’s CEO, Claire Severgnini, before formally unveiling the Royal Osteoporosis Society’s new logo.

In acknowledgement to the ROS, and new medicines, research and helplines developed over the years, Her Royal Highness said: 

It's just incredible what's happening and I just wish my mother was here today to see what could have been done. I dare say, I hope, there will be a way forward to find a cure for this devastating disease. I'm sure we're not far off it.