Duchess Camilla has received a particularly meaningful gift that paid tribute to her favorite hobby as her and Prince Charles’ week-long visit to Wales continues.
- Duchess Camilla visited Richard Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, just months after she opened this year’s virtual Hay Festival of Literature and Arts.
- During this significant visit, the Duchess of Cornwall was given a very special gift that celebrates one of her passions.
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Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles are currently undertaking a week-long visit to Wales and she’s received a very special present. The royal couple typically visit every summer and this year fans were delighted after the Prince of Wales was spotted in Iceland as he marked the supermarket’s 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall has been taking part in a variety of events and activities of her own.
It was during her trip to the historic town of Hay-on-Wye that Duchess Camilla was given a particularly meaningful gift. She joined local school pupils, teachers, writers and the team behind the popular Hay Festival of Literature and Art as she celebrated the success of this year’s virtual event at Richard Booth’s Bookshop.
Taking to Twitter, the Hay Festival account shared stunning snaps of the important visit, showing Camilla proudly holding a bouquet. The second photo gave fans a glimpse at the Duchess’ new flowers - and they weren’t quite what you’d expect!
Thank you for HRH’s amazing book-themed roses! 🌹 https://t.co/WpvjonLVcDJuly 6, 2021
The post was retweeted by the Clarence House official account, with the caption revealing the flowers were ‘book-themed’ and each petal looks to have been crafted out of book pages. This touching gift has not gone unnoticed by royal fans, many of whom were quick to express their appreciation for the design.
‘These are gorgeous’ one wrote, whilst another declared: ‘Awesome roses!’
‘What a lovely gesture’, a fellow royal fan wrote.
Whilst the gift itself is undoubtedly stunning, it is made all the more wonderful given the way it celebrates one of Duchess Camilla’s favorite hobbies. Avid reader Duchess Camilla opened 2021’s Hay Festival and expressed her belief that books offered hope and people could find "a community of kindred spirits" in "fellow bookworms" despite the challenging recent times.
Her visit to Hay-on-Wye and the stunning gift is a lovely way to pay tribute to her love of reading and comes months after she launched her own Reading Room book club.
In a moving piece for The Sunday Times back in January to mark the launch, Duchess Camilla revealed a unique childhood insight as she traced her love of books back to her late father, Major Bruce Shand.
‘My father was a passionate bibliophile who would read to his children every night,” Duchess Camilla wrote. ‘Life without books was, for him, a life not worth living. He passed his love of reading on to me.’
Season One of The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room launches on Instagram today!➡️📚 https://t.co/tE0lRL00dT Join HRH on what she calls “the great adventure of reading”. #TheReadingRoom pic.twitter.com/zD15e8DXdhJanuary 15, 2021
Since then the Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room has gone on to announce it's Season Two reading list. This was dedicated to Duchess Camilla's late father-in-law, Prince Philip, who sadly passed away in April.
The Reading Room is a place for fellow readers to connect with each other over their shared love of books and receive recommendations, interviews and more exciting content!
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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