Duchess Camilla's favorite hobby celebrated with meaningful gift

Duchess Camilla has been pictured with her new present in a stunning new photo—and fans are delighted!

Duchess Camilla of Cornwall holds a vine leaf during a visit to Llanerch Vineyard on July 07, 2021 in Pontyclun, Wales
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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 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! 

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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. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to Booths Bookshop to meet with the organisers of the Hay Festival and tour independent shops and local businesses, as part of a week long tour of Wales

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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.’

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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 five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!