OXFORD is gearing up for a Royal visit today, with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving later this morning.

Cancer sufferers battling their illnesses with the help of charity Maggie's, based at the Churchill Hospital, will be treated to a visit by Her Royal Highness this afternoon.

And Prince Charles will speak at a plaque unveiling ceremony and tour the new building of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in Marston Road at lunchtime.

Camilla, who is president of the national charity, will meet patients, staff, volunteers and NHS staff during her visit to the Headington centre.

Chief Executive of the charity Laura Lee said: “It’s always an honour to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to one of our centres.

“We’re incredibly grateful for Her Royal Highness’s continued support of Maggie’s, her passion and commitment makes a real difference to those who visit and work in our centres.”

The £3m Oxford centre officially opened its doors in October 2014 to provide free support and advice to cancers sufferers across the county.

The Duchess of Cornwall will also catch a glimpse of the centre’s talking heads sessions, which supports people with hair loss, as well as a yoga session.

She will then be led on a tour of the building, spotting artwork dubbed ‘blueberry pie’, crafted by American sculptor Claes Oldenburg.

Its design is based around a treehouse supported by stilts.