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Camilla visits writing workshop at a London school and stops at Arthritis Research UK Centre

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Holland Park School in London on Thursday.

During her visit, she met pupils taking part in a creative writing workshop run by the charity First Story, before awarding the prize to the winner of First Story’s National Writing Competition.

Camilla became Patron of First Story in May 2011.

Camilla is a passionate reader and a strong proponent for literacy, both in children and adults. She is Patron other literacy-based charities including, The National Literacy Trust, BookTrust and Beanstalk.

William Fiennes, the bestselling author of ‘The Snow Geese’ and ‘The Music Room’, joined Camilla during her visit Thursday.

First Story organises and provides funding for acclaimed writers to run creative-writing workshops for students in state schools across the country. Throughout the course of an academic year, each writer-in-residence conducts weekly, after-school workshops for a group of up to twenty-one students.

Incorporated in 2008 as a charity, First Story runs creative writing residencies in 50 schools across the East Midlands, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, London, Oxfordshire and West Yorkshire.

Camilla made an unannounced visit to the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at University College London Hospitals, before touring a laboratory at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology and meeting researchers and supporters.

The Duchess became Patron of Arthritis Research UK in 2012.

The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology is the world’s first research centre committed to studying how and why arthritis affects teenagers.

The purpose of the centre is to enhance the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases through cutting-edge research.

The charity supports research into the cause, treatment and the pursuit for a cure for arthritis and offers information on how to support healthy joints and bones, and how to live well with arthritis.

Featured Photo Credit: Paul Ratcliffe 2011 via Royal Photography by Paul Ratcliffe

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