Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, "learnt a lot" about the Metropolitan Police during a visit to their base yesterday (25.01.18).

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall at the Met Police's base (c) Clarence House

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall at the Met Police's base (c) Clarence House

The duchess met the Met's first female commissioner, Cressida Dick, at the service's London HQ, to learn more about TecSOS, a device used by 40 police forces to enable victims of domestic violence to discreetly contact the police using global tracking.

She praised the work of the police, saying: "I'm thrilled to have come today, I've learnt a lot."

The duchess heard a talk on TecSOS - which has 13,000 UK users - and was shown an example of how the tracking system works.

Earlier in the day, the 70-year-old royal visited the Children and Young People's Havens service centre in London's Camberwell, which provides a specialist service in a reassuring environment following sexual assault.

Camilla spoke to staff and praised the "wonderful" work they do.

She said: "I think the thing is about rape and sexual abuse, people don't really want to address it, nobody knows about the wonderful work people do behind the scenes.

"That's why you should all be applauded for all you do."

Camilla previously pledged her support to rape and sexual assault victims in 2015, calling on society to no longer "tolerate" such horrific crimes.

She wrote: "Rape and sexual abuse: these are words that make most of us feel uncomfortable. Until recently, they were issues which were not really discussed but now, I hope, there is a change in the air.

"I will continue my work in the hope that it will help to shine a light on the violence hiding in the dark corners of our society. I have said it before and will say it again: We must try to build a future where we will simply not tolerate rape and sexual abuse any longer."

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