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Camilla gets her own Sarah Lund sweater

If there is an outbreak of slayings in the vicinity of Highgrove or Windsor Castle, expect the Duchess of Cornwall to get on the case. She outed herself as an obsessive fan of the Danish crime series The Killing, and requested a visit to the set where filming is taking place for the next series.

The Killing was a surprise hit for the BBC, heralding a wave of interest in Scandinavian crime thrillers. Denmark’s most famous sleuth Sarah Lund is played by typographer’s nightmare Sofie Gråbøl, who was bemused and gratified at the interest shown by the British royal family.

"I think it is really surreal," she said. "But it's lovely that she wanted to come here. I told her last night to wear flat shoes. This is not really an inviting place for a royal visit. When I met the Duchess she was just so lovely to talk to."

Most importantly Gråbøl presented the Duchess with the most coveted of Killing status-symbols, a replica of the famous Faroese sweater without which Sarah Lund is rendered completely clueless. The Duchess was thrilled by the gift, and was obviously fascinated by the show and the filming process. "I'm an addict," she said. "I'm so excited by this."

The creator of The Killing, Soren Sveistrup, said, "Royalty is not the kind of audience you would expect. Prince Charles told me that it was Camilla who introduced him to The Killing. He said it was one of the only things they could agree on seeing together."

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