The Duchess of Cornwall was in London on Wednesday to officially open the offices of children’s newspaper First News. The newspaper is the most successful children’s newspaper in the world with more than two million young readers.
The Duchess’s visit to the headquarters on Southwark Bridge Road saw her tour the building as well as getting the chance to meet staff and children taking part in the publication’s ‘Children United’ project.
‘Children United’ is a free web-based communication platform for children across the world and provides an opportunity for education and engagement on global issues of importance to young people whilst also allowing children to connect with others from different countries and cultures. The program also gives children the chance to express their views both individually and collectively.
The Duchess of Cornwall commented on ‘Children United’, ” I think ‘Children United’ is one of the most wonderful things I’ve seen. I hope it goes from strength to strength.”
The weekly edition of First News costs just £1.50 and is available from newsagents by subscription as well as in digital form. The publication is aimed at seven to fourteen year olds and was founded in 2006 by Nicky Cox, who greeted the Royal visitor today along with Piers Morgan.
‘Children United’ not only offers children a platform through which to be heard, it also offers them the opportunity to turn words in to actions by engaging children in social action campaigns delivered throughout the year. Through a series of activities, representing the views and ideas of individual children, the United Voice will be a culmination of the collective voices of children globally.
First News has won many awards including Newspaper of the Year, the World Newspaper Award for youth as well as an award from children’s charity Save The Children for outstanding contribution to children.