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Duchess of Cornwall visits financial education charity

PUBLISHED: 21:13 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:13 26 March 2013

The Duchess of Cornwall joked about the cost of Coleen Rooney's wedding dress at a charity event in Tower Hamlets today.

Camilla was speaking to charities about the importance of financial education at an event at Toynbee Hall.

She commented on a photo of Mrs Rooney as she spoke to MyBnk, a charity that teaches finance to schools and youth organisations.

James Wilson, education officer at the charity, said: “The particular slide she spotted was Coleen McLoughlin, Wayne Rooney’s wife.

“The question is ‘how much does her wedding dress cost?’ and it works out somewhere in the region of £5million, once she paid for it to be hand made and the diamonds.

“So she joked about just learning about being more sensible with your money.”

Mr Wilson said the Duchess was interested in the charity’s focus on making money-saving relevant to young people, and commented on a slide that showed you could save £365 in a year if you didn’t spend a pound a day on energy drinks.

The charity offers free advice to help tackle financial inequalities in the area.

Camilla also heard about spending priorities including personal hygiene and extra handbags as she talked to young women from Money Mentors, a Toynbee Hall initiative that allows residents to get a qualification in managing money so they can share their knowledge with the community.

Dr Vesna Milanovic, 55, said: “She said ‘thank goodness for these kind people’ and that they can put you on the bright side of the moon, because I said I was on the dark side and now I’m maybe on the brighter side.

“She’s warm and there is this human touch, no division between any kind of class. And woman’s understanding, that is important.”

The Duchess then visited the Bethnal Green branch of The London Community Credit Union (LCCU), a not-for-profit community owned bank, which offers low cost credit personal loans and free money advice.

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