It's just been announced that the Duchess of Cornwall has broken her left leg whilst hill-walking in Scotland. Critics have slammed hill-walking as an extremely dangerous pursuit with hazards such as rabbit holes and cow-pats making broken legs a common occurrence.
Apparently the Duchess incurred the accident yesterday, and the broken bone was discovered today by x-ray. It is thought in some quarters that the Duchess would probably have been chasing after ptarmigan and not looking where she was going.
Ptarmigan chasing is especially popular among Scottish hill-walkers in the month of April, when the Ptarmigan are sluggish following a long winter surviving almost solely on licorice sticks. Fortunately, there is usually no shortage of first-aiders among the Ptarmigan chasers, given the hazardous nature of the activity.
Fortunately for royal watchers, the Duchess wasn't taking part in the annual Highland Haggis Bash, which involves crowds off toffs chasing Haggises up and down the glens and clubbing them senseless with heavy wooden staves. Last year's Highland Haggis Bash resulted in several hospitalisations, one fatality, and a bad case of dropped lip.
A spokesman for the Duchess informed us that she wouldn't consider Haggis Bashing because it's far too dangerous and because she has a reputation to uphold.
The Duchess is not expected to miss any public duties, but she may well be limping a bit.