Britain's Duchess of Cornwall will be handed an honorary degree.

Britain's Duchess of Cornwall

Britain's Duchess of Cornwall

The 68-year-old royal has been honoured by the University of Southampton for her work with patients who suffer from osteoporosis.

A statement said: "HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has shown inspiring leadership in supporting patients, researchers, policy-makers and health professionals engaged in the management of osteoporosis.

"As President of the National Osteoporosis Society, and a previous speaker for the International Osteoporosis Foundation, she has been a champion for all who work with, or suffer from, this debilitating disorder which leads to many thousands of fractures each year.

"The excellence of the clinical service and research programme led by Professor Cyrus Cooper at the University of Southampton would not have been possible without the encouragement and support that she has given."

Duchess Camilla tragically lost her mother and grandmother to the medical condition, which causes sufferers to have brittle bones.

The Duchess has worked to raise awareness of the condition for a long time, having published a book, 'A Skeleton Guide to a Health You, Vitamins and Minerals', offering advice for women suffering from the disease as well as organising the Big Bone walk campaign, which raised over £200,000 for the National Osteoporosis Society.