Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has become the official patron for Bath’s Theatre Royal.

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The duchess – who is married to Britain’s Prince Charles – has been an occasional visitor to the venue before and bosses expect to see a lot more of her now.

But theatre director Danny Moar said: “I’m sure we’ll see more of Camilla in the near future.”

The theatre is the first in the UK outside London to be allowed to use the ‘royal’ title.

The theatre’s last patron was the late Princess Margaret, a friend of businessman Jeremy Fry, who saved the venue from closure in the 1970s.

Camilla’s role helps to raise the attraction’s profile and theatre chairman Greg Ingham said: “It is an honour and a privilege to confirm that the Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be patron. The duchess is a great supporter of the arts and we welcome her support as we work to ensure that the theatre’s proud achievements continue to go from strength to strength.”

In 2005, the theatre opened the egg, one of the country’s only theatres for children, young people and families, following five years of planning and a successful fundraising campaign.