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Charles and Camilla kiss in public

The kiss is part of a carefully planned campaign to ease Camilla into the public spotlight  

LONDON, England (CNN) -- The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles have taken another step on the road to public acceptance -- kissing in public for the first time.

Mrs Parker Bowles officially received the prince as he arrived at a charity reception in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society at London's Somerset House.

Mrs Parker Bowles greeted the prince with a smile. He put his right hand on her arm and kissed her lightly on both cheeks, mouthing an affectionate "hello."

It is the first time in public the prince has played a supporting role for Mrs Parker Bowles at an official function, rather than the other way round.

As patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, she was hosting the star-studded drinks reception in the courtyard of historic Somerset House to mark the charity's 15th birthday.

The prince arrived with Queen Rania of Jordan, who is the president of the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

Mrs Parker Bowles curtsied to her as she greeted her ahead of Charles.

Also in the line-up were Lord Rothschild, a friend of Mrs Parker Bowles, the director of the society, Linda Edwards, and its chairman, Professor Graham Russell.

Among about 200 guests at the reception were EastEnders' actress Barbara Windsor, comedian Jim Davidson, actress Wendy Craig and King and Queen Constantine of Greece.

Also there were Mrs Parker Bowles's her children Laura and Tom, and her sister, Annabel Elliot.

Mrs Parker Bowles became patron of the charity in 1995 after the death of her mother Rosalynd Shand, 73, from osteoporosis in 1994.

The National Osteoporosis Society offers support and information to sufferers of the condition and to health care professionals.

• National Osteoporosis Society
• The Prince of Wales

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