On Wednesday, November 17, the Duchess of Cornwall attended several literacy events before joining Prince Charles for the Princes’ Trust Rock Gala. Showing that both reading and music can change lives, the Duchess met schoolchildren in the morning and music stars in the evening.
Duchess of Cornwall joins story-telling session in support of Young Readers’ Program
For the Duchess, the first event was part of 15-year celebrations of the National Young Readers’ program, which seeks to introduce under-privileged youngsters to the joys of reading. As a passionate reader herself, the Duchess is a keen supporter of the scheme.
Her day began by accompanying 10-year-olds at story-telling by children’s book illustrator, Nick Sharratt. The children had won the tour as first prize in a contest to write about their favorite author, Beatrix Potter.
Camilla rides London bus with British schoolchildren, book characters and authors
The Duchess then joined the children for a ride on an old-fashioned London Routemaster bus. Wally of “Where’s Wally” punched tickets and several children’s authors kept them entertained. More characters were waiting at the London Transport Museum.
The Duchess then attended a reception hosted by the National Literacy Trust, where it was announced that she is to be the charity’s next royal patron.
Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall attend charity rock gala
In the evening, both Prince Charles and the Duchess attended the Prince’s Trust charity gala at the Royal Albert Hall. This was a star-studded event that included Queen, Alison Moyet, Dame Edna Everage, Tom Jones and Phil Collins. This was the first Rock Gala in more than 20 years.
Status Quo started with “Rockin’ All Over the World,” and the show ended with all performers singing a version of Queen’s famous song, “We Will Rock You.” The concert was filmed in 3-D for broadcast on television in December, with Dame Edna and comedian Rob Brydon as hosts. Many of the performers were also present at Live Aid in 1985, though newer artists were also present.
One of these was Paloma Faith, who had been helped by the Prince’s Trust when it financed an art project during her teen years. She is one of 600,000 people that it has helped since its 1976 founding.
The concert was followed by a charity auction with several items donated by the performers.
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