Camilla mourns brother at funeral

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset, for the funeral of Camilla's brother, Mark Shand

Mark Shand, pictured with the Prince of Wales in India

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The Duchess of Cornwall led mourners at the funeral of her brother, Mark Shand, today.

The c onservationist and travel writer died unexpectedly last week after falling and hitting his head in New York.

Camilla and her family, who were left devastated by the 62-year-old adventurer's death, gathered for a private family funeral at Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum, Dorset.

The Prince of Wales was at his wife's side to support her during the service.

The Duchess walked into the church accompanied by Charles and her daughter, Laura Lopes.

In front of the royal couple were Mr Shand's 19-year-old daughter, Ayesha, her cousin, Katie Elliot, and Camilla's sister, Annabel Elliot.

Welcoming around 180 mourners to the church were Mr Shand's nephews, Tom Parker Bowles and Ben Elliot.

After everyone had entered the church, Mr Shand's biodegradable wicker coffin - adorned by garlands of flowers - was carried inside by pallbearers.

Also attending were Conservative MPs Nicholas Soames and Zac Goldsmith.

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