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ELECTION SPURS CAMILLA TO DELAY ROYAL VISIT

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has postponed her first solo royal engagement, Prince Charles' office announced.

Camilla, who married Prince Charles on April 9, had planned to visit a hospital in southern England next Monday, but the trip has been put back until sometime after the May 5 national election, a spokesman for Clarence House said late Saturday.

The spokesman denied that Camilla was facing nerves, as some media reports have suggested.

He said a visit by a senior member of the royal family to a hospital would be "insensitive" before the election, in which the operation of Britain's health service is a major issue.

"Going to a hospital when health is one of the key election issues was considered inappropriate during the election period," the spokesman said.

Camilla, a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, had planned to visit Southampton General Hospital on England's southern coast. Charles' office said no new date had been set for the visit.

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