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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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