Duchess of Cornwall is warmly greeted with a kiss from Carrie Johnson as they attend an event

Their husbands are facing an awkward meeting after Prince Charles branded the government’s Rwanda asylum policy ‘appalling’, but there was no sign of any tension when the Duchess of Cornwall met Carrie Johnson in Kigali today. 

Camilla beamed as she was greeted with a kiss on the cheek by the wife of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday afternoon at an event for the campaign group Violence Against Women and Girls in Rwanda.

The royal wore a £269 toucan-print dress by the label Bombshell, set up by a former TV costume designer who couldn’t find clothes to fit her hourglass curves. 

Carrie looked bright and summery in a yellow J Crew top which she paired with a blue and green patterned skirt, after changing out of the pink Zara suit she wore for her arrival in Kigali this morning. 

The Duchess of Cornwall beamed as she shared a kiss with Carrie Johnson, wife of Prime Minister Boris Johnson at an event on Thursday in Rwanda

Camilla, 74, and Carrie Johnson, 34, attended a Violence Against Women and Girls event at the Kigali Convention Centre

Camilla, 74, and Carrie Johnson, 34, attended a Violence Against Women and Girls event at the Kigali Convention Centre

As Carrie arrived at the venue she warmly greeted The Duchess with a kiss and they chatted for a few minutes before taking their seats. 

Camilla looked typically elegant in a blue floral dress which was cinched at the waist with a belt. 

She completed the look with beige pump shoes and accessorised with a gold coin necklace. 

Earlier in the day Camilla was thought how to sign language as she joined children at a fun literary event

Earlier in the day Camilla was thought how to sign language as she joined children at a fun literary event

As Carrie arrived at the venue she warmly greeted The Duchess and they chatted for a few minutes before taking their seats

As Carrie arrived at the venue she warmly greeted The Duchess and they chatted for a few minutes before taking their seats

Camilla looked typically elegant in a blue floral dress which was cinched at the waist with a belt

Camilla looked typically elegant in a blue floral dress which was cinched at the waist with a belt

She completed the look with beige pump shoes and accessorised with a gold coin necklace and statement chandelier earring

She completed the look with beige pump shoes and accessorised with a gold coin necklace and statement chandelier earring 

She added height to her frame with nude stilettos and her blonde locks were styled in bouncy curls.           

Earlier in the day Camilla was thought how to sign language as she joined children at a fun literary event.

She attended the event at Kigali Public Library in her new role as patron of the charity Book Aid, which she recently took over from the Duke of Edinburgh.

She was greeted by schoolchildren who taught her how to say hello and thank you in sign language as an example of their inclusive learning.

Carrie looked bright and summery in a yellow J Crew top which she paired with a blue and green patterned skirt

Carrie looked bright and summery in a yellow J Crew top which she paired with a blue and green patterned skirt

The political and climate activist appeared to be in great spirits as she beamed while networking at the event

The political and climate activist appeared to be in great spirits as she beamed while networking at the event

She added height to her frame with nude stilettos and her blonde locks were styled in bouncy curls

She added height to her frame with nude stilettos and her blonde locks were styled in bouncy curls

Camilla and Carrie were sat at opposite round tables but they enjoyed a warm conversation before taking their seats

Camilla and Carrie were sat at opposite round tables but they enjoyed a warm conversation before taking their seats 

The Royal made a powerful speech at the event which took place at the Kigali Convention Centre

The Royal made a powerful speech at the event which took place at the Kigali Convention Centre

The Royal also helped a group of visually and hearing impaired youngsters play a number game and afterwards presented them with a collection of books as a donation to the library.

The collection included short Commonwealth Essay Prize stories called A River of Stories as well as Michael Morpurgo’s There Once is a Queen. 

When she arrived she immediately bent down to ask the children if they liked reading and what their favourite books were.

One little girl replied: ‘The Dirty Detective’ to which Camilla laughed: ‘My goodness me!’ 

Earlier in the day Camilla attended an event at Kigali Public Library in her new role as patron of the charity Book Aid, which she recently took over from the Duke of Edinburgh

Earlier in the day Camilla attended an event at Kigali Public Library in her new role as patron of the charity Book Aid, which she recently took over from the Duke of Edinburgh

She was greeted by schoolchildren who taught her how to say hello and thank you in sign language as an example of their inclusive learning

She was greeted by schoolchildren who taught her how to say hello and thank you in sign language as an example of their inclusive learning

The Duchess spoke to students using sign language during the event for the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition and Book Aid International

The Duchess spoke to students using sign language during the event for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition and Book Aid International

The Duchess was joined by Jeannette Kagame, who is the wife of the President of Rwanda and young children

The Duchess was joined by Jeannette Kagame, who is the wife of the President of Rwanda and young children 

The Duchess toured the library’s facilities with the First Lady of Rwanda and Jeannette Kagame, Director of Kigali Public Library, who told her: ‘We like the children to think of this as a playground not just a place to come and learn.’

After viewing an exhibition of front covers and learning more about Book Aid’s International’s work in Rwanda, she was shown Nabu’s ‘Creative Lab’ for children’s book illustrators.

‘So where did you learn to draw! Have you been drawing since you were a child,’ she asked one young man who was busy tapping away on a computer.

Sweet! Camilla spoke to a group of children about their favourite books during her visit to the library

Sweet! Camilla spoke to a group of children about their favourite books during her visit to the library 

The Royal also helped a group of visually and hearing impaired youngsters play a number game and afterwards presented them with a collection of books as a donation to the library

The Royal also helped a group of visually and hearing impaired youngsters play a number game and afterwards presented them with a collection of books as a donation to the library

Camilla looked in deep concentration helped a boy with a tricky number game while she was at the library

Camilla looked in deep concentration helped a boy with a tricky number game while she was at the library 

She continued: ‘I think you are very lucky to have such talent. It must be a love lot thing to do. I could sit all day doing this. It would be such fun.’

Camilla and the First Lady then visited the Children’s Corner where they met an excited group of youngsters listening to an enthusiastic reading of the Rwandan story Handa’s Surprise.

The duchess sat down with the children, smiling as they excitedly answered questions about the story and looking delighted as the children taught her how to sign.

Camilla then visited the Children's Corner where they met an excited group of youngsters listening to an enthusiastic reading of the Rwandan story Handa's Surprise

Camilla then visited the Children’s Corner where they met an excited group of youngsters listening to an enthusiastic reading of the Rwandan story Handa’s Surprise

The duchess sat down with the children, smiling as they excitedly answered questions about the story and looking delighted as the children taught her how to sign

The duchess sat down with the children, smiling as they excitedly answered questions about the story and looking delighted as the children taught her how to sign

She laughed with a young girl in school uniform as they answered questions together about a story

She laughed with a young girl in school uniform as they answered questions together about a story 

Camilla, who is the Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, was delighted to hear about how a record number of children from around the world had entered this year – 26,000 in all – with a 5345 per cent increase in Rwanda alone.

‘I’ve seen some of the stories and they are brilliant, absolutely amazing,’ she said as she met four of the 2021 Rwandan finalists and learnt more about its new digital innovation, Write Around the World.

Outside she got stuck into the fun with a group of excited youngsters enjoying Learning Through Play activities including an interactive ‘assault’ course.

She high-fived several of the children and laughed uproariously as they raced around the grass.

Book Aid’s work in Rwanda aims to support all in society, but especially children.

They work with a range of library and NGO partners across the country and have donated 222,224 books to them since 2017.

After viewing an exhibition of front covers and learning more about Book Aid's International's work in Rwanda, she was shown Nabu's 'Creative Lab' for children's book illustrators

After viewing an exhibition of front covers and learning more about Book Aid’s International’s work in Rwanda, she was shown Nabu’s ‘Creative Lab’ for children’s book illustrators

She spoke to one young man who was busy tapping away on a computer and asked if he had been drawing since he was a child

She spoke to one young man who was busy tapping away on a computer and asked if he had been drawing since he was a child 

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