Prince Charles gave his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, a helping hand during a visit to some Turkish ruins yesterday (27.11.07).

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The 59-year-old royal tenderly put his arm round Camilla’s back to protect her from the stonewall they were leaning on as they toured the persevered classical city of Ephesus.

The couple visited the sprawling Roman settlement, which was founded in the 10th century BC, as part of their five-day trip round the country.

Today (28.11.07), the royal pair will visit Turkey’s capital, Istanbul.

Earlier in the week, they were entertained by traditional Turkish dancers known as whirling dervishes when they visited the tomb of one of Islam’s greatest mystic poets Mavlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi.

Charles and Camilla were invited to visit the country by Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul, who came to power in August.

The prince last visited Turkey in 2005 when he travelled there to honour the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, a terrible World War I military campaign in 1915 during which nearly 500,000 people died.