Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall visit the National Gallery late at night

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Prince Charles and Camilla paid a late-night visit to the National Gallery in London on the first day it reopened after the second Covid-19 lockdown in England.

The Prince of Wales, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, donned masks as they visited the London monument for a visit tonight.

The Heir to the Throne is the patron of the National Gallery and he visited two exhibitions with his wife, the first showing the work of the 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the second paintings by Titian, the old master of the Italian Renaissance .

The couple’s first official public engagement since the second lockout in England showed their support for tourism and the arts institution during the pandemic crisis.

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Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured) paid a late night visit to the National Gallery in London on the first day it reopens after the second Covid-19 lockdown in England

The Prince of Wales, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with National Gallery director Dr Gabriele Finaldi, right), 73, covered their faces as they visited the London landmark for a visit tonight.

The Prince of Wales, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with National Gallery director Dr Gabriele Finaldi, right), 73, covered their faces as they visited the London landmark for a visit tonight.

The Prince of Wales, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with National Gallery director Dr Gabriele Finaldi, right), 73, cover their faces as they visit the London monument for a visit tonight

The Heir to the Throne (pictured left) is the patron of the National Gallery and he visited two exhibitions with his wife, the first featuring the work of 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the second paintings by Titian, the Elder master of the Italian Renaissance

The Heir to the Throne (pictured left) is the patron of the National Gallery and he visited two exhibitions with his wife, the first featuring the work of 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the second paintings by Titian, the Elder master of the Italian Renaissance

The Heir to the Throne (pictured left) is the patron of the National Gallery and he visited two exhibitions with his wife, the first featuring the work of 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the second paintings by Titian, the Elder master of the Italian Renaissance

The couple were greeted by the director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, on their arrival and were then taken on a tour of both exhibitions.

The Gentileschi exhibition featured the artist’s recent acquisition of the gallery, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

They were also guided around the Titian exhibition which saw the institution put together the epic series of large-scale mythological paintings by the old master, known as Poetry.

The paintings represent stories from classical mythology, mainly drawn from the metamorphoses of the Roman poet Ovid.

Camilla opted for a bright blue dress for the occasion, while Prince Charles wore a matching elegant royal blue suit.

The couple's first official public engagement since the second lockout in England showed their support for tourism and the arts institution during the pandemic crisis.  In the photo, Prince Charles

The couple's first official public engagement since the second lockout in England showed their support for tourism and the arts institution during the pandemic crisis.  In the photo, Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales on a visit to see the 'Artemisia' and 'Titian: Love Desire Death' exhibits at the National Gallery

The Prince of Wales on a visit to see the 'Artemisia' and 'Titian: Love Desire Death' exhibits at the National Gallery

The couple’s first official public engagement since the second lockout in England showed their support for tourism and the arts institution during the pandemic crisis. In the photo, Prince Charles

The couple were greeted by the director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, on their arrival and were then taken on a tour of both exhibitions.  In the photo, Prince Charles

The couple were greeted by the director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, on their arrival and were then taken on a tour of both exhibitions.  In the photo, Prince Charles

The couple were greeted by the director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, on their arrival and were then taken on a tour of both exhibitions. In the photo, Prince Charles

Dr Finaldi said: “The Prince of Wales knew Artemisia and has seen some of her paintings before. But he was really struck by the power and the drama of some paintings. He was struck by how extraordinarily involved Artemisia was in her subjects.

Camilla paused at the words “I will show your illustrious Lordship what a woman can do!” in huge letters in the wall – taken from Artemisia’s letter to a man in 1649.

Curator Letizia Treves said: “The Duchess was really taken and seemed struck by the words. After the 45 minute visit, Dr Finaldi added: “We are really happy to have opened as soon as possible.

“It’s about making sure the paintings are there for people to enjoy after a tough year for everyone. We are delighted to welcome our boss the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for their visit and for confirming the importance of this repening for everyone.

The couple were joined on the tour by Lady Sarah Chatto, the Queen’s niece.

Dr Finaldi said: 'The Prince of Wales (pictured) knew Artemisia and has seen some of her paintings before.  But he was really struck by the power and the drama of some paintings.

Dr Finaldi said: 'The Prince of Wales (pictured) knew Artemisia and has seen some of her paintings before.  But he was really struck by the power and the drama of some paintings.

Dr Finaldi said: ‘The Prince of Wales (pictured) knew Artemisia and has seen some of her paintings before. But he was really struck by the power and the drama of some paintings.

The Prince of Wales alongside National Gallery Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi today

The Prince of Wales alongside National Gallery Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi today

The Prince of Wales alongside National Gallery Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi today

Current rules in London, which is a Level 2 area, allow guests to visit museums and art galleries in groups of less than six people.

During this time, venues can also only open with 50% capacity or 1000 people inside – whichever is lower. Masks are also mandatory in galleries and museums in level 2 areas.

The Duchess visited the National Gallery in July after the monument had an unprecedented 111 days with its doors closed.

It was the first major national art museum to reopen in the UK after the lockdown.

At the time, the royal met with staff involved in the organization’s Covid-19 response and the reopening process during her visit today.

Camilla opted for a bright blue dress for the occasion, while Prince Charles wore a matching elegant royal blue suit (pictured together)

Camilla opted for a bright blue dress for the occasion, while Prince Charles wore a matching elegant royal blue suit (pictured together)

Camilla opted for a bright blue dress for the occasion, while Prince Charles wore a matching elegant royal blue suit (pictured together)

Prince Charles wearing a covering blue face

Prince Charles wearing a covering blue face

Prince Charles, pictured left, with National Gallery Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi,

Prince Charles, pictured left, with National Gallery Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi,

Prince Charles pictured left with National Gallery Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi pictured together right

Their visit comes as it has been announced that the Royal Family will not be celebrating their traditional Christmas this year.

It was revealed yesterday that the Queen, 94, and The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, will be spending Christmas ‘quietly’ at Windsor Castle and not forming a ‘bubble’ with other family members.

The Queen and Prince Philip traditionally spend the holiday season with their close family in Sandringham, Norfolk.

But this year, they will forgo the festivities and stay at Windsor Castle, where they have been secluding themselves with a staff “bubble” since October.

It is understood that the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will not take advantage of the relaxed Covid restrictions to form a Christmas bubble with other households.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.  Pictured is the Queen at Windsor Castle last month

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.  Pictured is the Queen at Windsor Castle last month

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. Pictured is the Queen at Windsor Castle last month

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend Christmas at Highgrove, Gloucestershire.  Pictured the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Christmas Day in 2017

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend Christmas at Highgrove, Gloucestershire.  Pictured The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Christmas Day in 2017

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend Christmas at Highgrove, Gloucestershire. Pictured the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Christmas Day in 2017

This means the couple have to spend Christmas Day without any of their four children for the first time since 1949, when then-Princess Elizabeth left a one-year-old Charles in the UK so she can to be with Prince Philip in Malta.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend Christmas in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, although they expect to see the Queen and Prince Philip in Windsor at some point during the holiday season. Camilla will also be spending time with her family.

In Level 2 areas, such as Windsor, up to six people from different households can mix outdoors. This means the Queen and Prince Philip could meet family members for horseback riding or walks in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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