To Top

The Duchess of Cornwall attends the 25th anniversary of the National Literacy Trust

On Wednesday evening, the Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception in honour of the 25th anniversary of the National Literacy Trust which she is patron of.

Held at the Plaisterers’ Hall in London, the Duchess looked elegant in a black ensemble complimented by a brooch.

The brooch was suiting for the location as it was the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Badge that was gifted to her in May 2015. The gold and silver gilt badge feature blue and white enamel adorned with diamonds and sapphires.

Joshua Ganes, 19, designed the brooch which was crafted by silversmith Clive Burr.

Last April, Camilla was made an Honorary Liveryman of the guild.


For the past 25 years, the National Literacy Trust has worked on improving the levels of literacy of disadvantaged youth.

During the evening the Duchess could be seen chatting with Trust ambassadors and authors Judith Kerr, Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher and Prue Leith.


Where’s Wally? (or Where’s Waldo? for North Americans) gifted the Duchess of Cornwall with 25 books on behalf of the trust. The books were picked from children across the United Kingdom and are for the Duchess of share with her grandchildren.

A passionate supporter of literacy groups, the Duchess gave a short speech, saying: “Thank you to everybody who supports the National Literacy Trust, it’s a wonderful organisation.”

Other literary groups the Duchess is patron of include the Book Trust, Roald Dhal 100, First Story, the Wicked Young Writer Awards and Beanstalk.

She has been an active supporter of the Chris Evans’ 500 Words Competition. She attended the final in 2015 and was asked to be an honorary judge in the years following.

The Duchess took a special role in the 500 Words Competition as an animated version of herself playing a ‘Fairy Godmother’ in a video launching the 2018 competition.

More in Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall