DAZZLED by the Duchess — that was reaction when The Duchess of Cornwall visited Llandovery’s YMCA today.

Members, users and staff at the Towy Valley organisation greeted Camilla, elegant in a blue silk outfit, as she paid a jam-packed visit to the Market Square premises.

With a garden inspection and chat about bees, meet and greets with some of the 40 groups who use the building, a cuppa and a chat with the ladies of the WI, Camilla was given a thorough overview into the important work carried out at the centre.

There was even time for a quick game of pool with some of the children who use the youth club.

The Duchess showed a keen interest in all of the areas she visited, questioning users about the services and chatting easily with the people she met.

Highlights of the visit included the YMCA garden where volunteers and members tend a pretty garden.

There she met Steve Lawrence, YMCA project developer, and trainee Bee-keeper Ffion Parker who talked to the Duchess about the 20,000 bees that populate two hives there.

After quipping that "bees are hard to catch," the Duchess showed she knew her bee lore.

“She seemed to be quite knowledgeable about bees,” said Steve. “She said they have some at High Grove.”

As part of her tour around the flagship centre, which houses some 40 groups and organisations she also visited a a busy and vibrant first floor room, which houses the YMCA youth groups.

There Camilla met Beatrice Warner and Kaliegh Brady who were playing a table top game. After explaining the rules to The Duchess the girls gave a demonstration with Kaleigh telling her that she was the better player.

Afterward Beatrice said it was great to meet Camilla and said that she seemed to like the game “It is a good game but it doesn’t have a name, I think we should call it flicker.”

Camilla then joined 13-year-old Bro Dinefwr pupils, and regular members of the Getaway after-school club, Harvey Hill, Gethin Hemming and Bethan Blackham, for a game of pool. The Duchess’ shot was praised by the trio.

“She was nice,” said Harvey. “She seemed really normal and down to earth and she seemed interested in what we had to say.”

But not everyone was impressed. As Camilla met mums and toddlers who use the Plant Dewi play group, Lucy, nearly two, decided she would wander off half way through Camilla’s greeting, instantly capturing the hearts of everyone in the packed room.

The visit ended with The Duchess greeting members of Llandovery WI, stopping for natter, a cup of tea and a freshly made Welsh cake.

Here it was announced that the 17 members of the WI would be welcoming a new one, as The Duchess officially joined the group.

After the tea-break, the ladies of the WI hailed the visit a great success, describing Camilla as “adorable, natural and very relaxed.”

She then left the YMCA to join Prince Charles at their Myddfai home where they hosted tea party for children from the Ty Hafen Hospice with entertainment from Carmarthen Youth Opera.

Tonight, The Prince and Duchess will host a musical evening at Llwynywermod, which will include performances from The Royal Welsh College and Drama.

The evening also sees the introduction of the new Royal Harpist, Anne Denholm, 23, from Carmarthen — the fifth person to take the role since it was reinstated in 2000.

See next week's Guardian for all the details of the Royal visits.