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William and Kate Visit The National Arboretum in Canberra

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William and Kate Visit The National Arboretum in Canberra William and Kate Visit The National Arboretum in Canberra William and Kate Visit The National Arboretum in Canberra The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were back in the nations capital as part of the final leg of their Australian tour Kate and William pause during their Australian visit to express their sadness over the death of Camilla's brother Mark Shand The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today broke off from their tour of Australia to express their sadness at the death of Mark Shand, the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. It comes as police have said Mr Shand, a 62-year-old auctioneer, fell and hit his head as he tried to re-enter revolving doors at New York's famous Gramercy Park Hotel after he had been out for a cigarette. He was placed on life support as soon as he reached Bellevue hospital but died 12 hours later. The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales were at their Scottish retreat Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate when they received the devastating news of Mr Shand's death. Lt. John Grimpel of the New York City Police Department told BNOnews: 'Mark Shand attempted to re-enter the hotel through the revolving doors. 'Mark Shand unexpectedly fell backwards, striking his head on the pavement. The incident was also captured on the hotel's video surveillance system.' The New York Post claimed Mr Shand had been drinking and was on blood pressure medication that sometimes gave him dizzy spells. One source told the Post the 62-year-old 'had his hands in his pockets when he left the bar and fell on the sidewalk, hitting his head', suggesting Mr Shand was unable to break his fall. The Duchess of Cornwall is said to be 'utterly devastated' by his death. A Clarence House spokesman said: 'It is with deep sadness that we have to confirm that The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, has today passed away. 'Mr Shand died in hospital as a result of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall last night. The Duchess, The Prince of Wales and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss. 'Mark Shand was a man of extraordinary vitality, a tireless campaigner and conservationist whose incredible work through the Elephant Family and beyond remained his focus right up until his death.' The 66-year-old Duchess is understood to be with Prince Charles at their retreat in Scotland, Birkhall. 'To say that she is devastated is an understatement', a source close to her said. 'They are a very close family and even if they didn't see each other every week - as was often the case with Mark - they were in constant contact. 'It is just the most tragic of accidents. No one can quite believe it has happened. He was always such a vital man, so full of life.' William and Kate issued a statement this morning before embarking on a day of engagements in Canberra, the Australian capital. 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to learn this morning of the tragic death of Mark Shand', it read. 'Their thoughts are with the Duchess of Cornwall and her family at this time.' Meanwhile Mr Shand's nephew Ben Elliot, the son of his sister Annabel Elliot, paid tribute on Twitter. He wrote: 'RIP my hero and uncle Mark Shand. We loved him so much. What a life.' In a second tweet, he added: 'Mark did so much for the plight of the Asian elephant. Elephants never forget. Nor will we.' Mr Shand, the younger brother of William's step-mother, the Duchess of Cornwall. was known for his travel books and passionate commitment to conservation. He had travelled to New York to host a Sotheby's auction of egg sculptures decorated by leading artists in aid of his Elephant Family charity and underprivileged children. The event, which raised nearly £1million, was attended by Princess Eugenie. Mr Shand then attended an after-party at the exclusive Diamond Horseshoe club off Times Square, which features burlesque and vaudeville-style acts. A fell...