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Cartoon Camilla takes to the airwaves to help young writers


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The Duchess of Cornwall has been animated into action for one of her favourite causes. Camilla has taken cartoon form as she helps launch a writing competition aimed at getting school children into story telling.

The Duchess, who is a long term advocate for literacy across all age groups, has been turned into an animation to help launch this year’s 500 Words competition run by the BBC. Camilla has supported this scheme for several years and, as before, will be acting as an honorary judge to help pick the best young writers in the UK. In the promotional film this year, she is seen waving her support to a young writer as they get ready to submit their story.

The contest is open to anyone aged between 5 and 13. They have to come up with a short story of 500 words and entries must be submitted by February 27th 2020 with the winners being announced on June 12th this year. Silver winners in each category will take away a pile of books the same height as the Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla will also host the prize giving ceremony, welcoming the top writers to Buckingham Palace on June 12th where the awards will be handed out. The Duchess of Cornwall has opened the doors of several other royal residences for previous events and last year celebrated the success of young writers at Windsor Castle.

You can find out more about the competition on the BBC website.



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