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Camilla Duchess of Cornwall: The item she packs when travelling abroad

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, 71, is currently in West Africa with Prince Charles, 69, on a royal visit.

The nine-day tour has seen the royal couple visit Nigeria, Lagos and Ghana as they greet locals and foreign dignitaries.

Camilla often joins her husband on his travels as they go abroad in the name of the crown.

As a member of the Royal Family since 2005, she is subject to a number of rules, including what items to pack.

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Camilla will always be carrying a black outfit when travelling abroad.

While she is often seen in light colours with her Africa wardrobe being a mix of cream, blue and pink, a black outfit is a necessity.

This is something all royals are required to carry for a rather morbid reason.

On the occasion of a royal death when abroad, Royal Family members must have the mourning outfit to wear on their return to the UK.

This is so they are seen to be respectful when landing back in the country.

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall: Black outfit

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall: The item she will always travel with (Image: Getty)

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall: Black outfit

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall: Royals always travel with a black outfit (Image: Getty)

There was an occasion in royal history when this didn’t quite go to plan.

Queen Elizabeth, when she was still Princess, was travelling in Kenya when her father King George VI died in 1952.

The Queen returned to the UK immediately, although did not have a black outfit packed with her.

She was then required to wait in the plane while the appropriate outfit was brought to her.

She was then able to depart the plane with her black attire.

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Camilla Duchess of Cornwall: The Queen once did not have one before the death of her father (Image: Getty)

The newest member of the Royal Family won’t struggle to find black outfits to pack during royal tours.

Meghan Markle has showcased a number of black suits and dresses since joining the Royal Family, despite it previously been seen as a faux pas.

She has often sported her Alexander McQueen black suit, as well as a Givenchy dress for a London exhibition and an Emilia Wickstead black gown in Ireland.

Other royals such as Kate Middleton, who wears black much less frequently, will also follow this rule.

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