Britain's Camilla to make first solo visit abroad

Prince Charles's wife Camilla is to visit Paris next month in her first solo official visit outside Britain, their Clarence House residence announced Thursday.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is to visit the French capital on May 27 and 28 in support of the charity Emmaus UK, which helps former homeless people. She is its patron.

Charles, the heir to the throne, married Camilla in 2005. She is his second wife and largely plays a supporting role within the royal family, rarely making headlines herself.

The 65-year-old has accompanied Charles on their official visits around the world but has never conducted a solo trip abroad.

Founded in Paris in 1949, Emmaus provide homes and work within their communities to help former homeless people get back on their feet.

Camilla was to visit two communities to learn more about the charity's origins.

On May 27, Camilla -- who lived and studied in Paris for six months in 1963 -- is to attend a reception to celebrate Britons who have made their mark in France.

The following day, she will visit the Garde Republicaine, which provides mounted ceremonial guards of honour, to view an equestrian display in her capacity as patron of the British Equestrian Federation.

The duchess will also visit a market, tour the Louvre museum and visit the workshop of a leading French couture house.

Charles's first wife Diana, princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.