The Duchess of Cornwall
In July, The Duchess celebrated her 70th Birthday. The Prince of Wales held a Reception at Clarence House to mark Her Royal Highness’s birthday, inviting friends, family, representatives from The Duchess’s patronage organisations, charities and military affiliations to attend.
Just a few days before her 70th birthday birthday The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed a vintage bus load of excited school children for tea at Clarence House, accompanied by David Walliams who was bus conductor for the day.
In celebration of Her Royal Highness’s birthday the National Literacy Trust’s commissioned 70 book cases filled with 70 books, by well-known authors such as Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and Ted Hughes, which had been specially chosen by children from all over the country. These bookshelves were distributed to 70 schools across the country to mark the occasion of this milestone birthday of the National Literacy Trust’s Patron, The Duchess of Cornwall.
Show the 70 Books
70 books that will be distributed to 70 schools around the UK:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
- Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst
- You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
- Why Can’t I Tickle Myself? By Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough
- Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
- The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
- Beautiful Birds Colouring Book by Emmanuelle Walker
- How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
- Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
- I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
- Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
- Asterix the Gaul by Rene Goscinny
- The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
- Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
- A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
- 21Dirty Bertie: Rats by Alan MacDonald
- Animal Journeys by Patricia Hegarty
- The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
- The 78 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
- Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
- Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
- Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler
- It’s all about… Super Solar System
- There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
- Elmer by David McKee
- Grk and the Pelotti Gang by Joshua Doder
- The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio
- Itch – The Explosive Adventures of the Element Hunter by Simon Mayo
- The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak
- Jeremy Strong’s Laugh-your-socks-off Joke Book by Jeremy Strong
- Once by Morris Gleitzman
- Silverfin: The Graphic Novel by Charlie Higson
- Charlotte’s Web by E B White
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
- Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
- The Twits by Roald Dahl
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
- Make it Grow by Debbie Powell
- Ella Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks
- Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
- Day of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
- 100 Most Feared Creatures by Anna Claybourne
- A Journey Through: Space by Steve Parker
- Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
- The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
- The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards
- The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
- Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies
- SUPERTATO: Veggies Assemble by Sue HendraCoding for Beginners using Scratch by Jonathan Melmoth, Rosie Dickins
- Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
- Coding for Beginners using Scratch by Jonathan Melmoth, Rosie Dickins
- Usborne Children’s Picture Atlas by Ruth Brocklehurst
- Return by Aaron Becker
- I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon
- Gorilla by Anthony Browne
- The Blurred Man and I Know What You Did Last Wednesday by Anthony Horowitz
- The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond
- Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! by Gary Northfield
"Every year we are fortunate to take some of the children and young people we care for, together with their parents to Clarence House, to hang decorations on the Christmas Tree. It’s a very special occasion for the children who attend. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is simply wonderful in her support of Helen & Douglas House which helps us tremendously, raising awareness of how we provide care for terminally ill children, young adults and their families."
Clare Periton, Chief Executive Officer,
Helen & Douglas House
"We were delighted when HRH The Duchess of Cornwall announced that she would become a Patron of The Silver Line. Not only a wonderful honour, it will assist us enormously to spread awareness of the charity’s services so that we can reach out to all the vulnerable older people who need us."
Nina Gopal, The Silver Line
Woman of the Year Lunch
The Duchess attended the Women of the Year Lunch in October. The Lunch is an annual event that celebrates the achievements of women from across the UK, and more than 400 women attended the 2017 lunch. In her speech, Her Royal Highness said to the women present, “You all represent, not only yourselves and your own achievements, but also the millions of remarkable women who make a difference every day. I salute you all – for your courage, selflessness and dedication”. The Duchess also presented the Women of the Year Award, which was given to members of the Manchester emergency and medical services following the terror attack earlier in the year.
“You all represent, not only yourselves and your own achievements, but also the millions of remarkable women who make a difference every day. I salute you all – for your courage, selflessness and dedication.”
Her Royal Highness speaking at the event
The Duchess supported BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words creative-writing competition for a third year as Honorary Judge. The competition invites children aged five to 13 to compose an original work of fiction in no more than 500 words. In June, Her Royal Highness attended the final at the Tower of London, where she presented gold medals to the winning young writers during the live broadcast of Chris Evans’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
“Wherever you find your inspiration, in the past, present or future, I’m thrilled that you love writing. Your stories are brimming with ideas, and fizzing with energy, and hopefully encouraging others, who are listening today, to follow your example”
The Duchess of Cornwall speaking at the final of the competition
In 2017, The Duchess became Patron of The Silver Line, a helpline that offers advice and friendship to older people who may be isolated or lonely. The helpline has taken over 1.6 million calls since it was founded in November 2013 by Dame Esther Rantzen. Her Royal Highness visited The Silver Line last December with Dame Esther to see the helpline in action and to meet staff and volunteers. The Duchess also spent time chatting on the phone to a regular caller, Betty.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the worlds’ oldest international schools writing competition, and has been managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Last year, there were more than 12,000 entries from across the Commonwealth. In November, Her Royal Highness hosted a reception for the young finalists and their families in Buckingham Palace, where she presented the prizes and gave a speech, saying, “The competition is challenging, because it asks all of you who have entered to write about subjects that require serious thought – from poverty to pollution, from gender inequality to the role of the Commonwealth itself. It is challenging, but it is exciting, too, because it gives you the chance to express yourselves through poems, stories and scripts as well as traditional essays”.
Earlier in the year, while on official visits to Malaysia and Singapore, Her Royal Highness met young people who had entered the competition.
Helen & Douglas
The Duchess invited children and young people from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree. Since 2007, Her Royal Highness has been Patron of Helen & Douglas House, which helps families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby, child or young adult. Last year, The Duchess also became the Royal Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which provides specialist nurses to ensure seriously ill children and their families receive the support they need and deserve. After the Christmas tree had been decorated, all the guests were invited to have sausages and mash and mince pies with Her Royal Highness.
Strictly Come Dancing
In November, Her Royal Highness hosted a tea dance attended by the National Osteoporosis Society and the Strictly Come Dancing dancers and celebrities at Buckingham Palace. The Duchess is President of the National Osteoporosis Society, and the tea dance highlighted the benefits of older people staying active. (Osteoporosis is a fragile bone condition which leads to painful and often debilitating broken bones and is estimated to affect three million people in the UK. It causes 500,000 fragility fractures every year – one every minute). At the end of tea, Her Royal Highness danced the cha cha cha with Brendan Cole and Craig Revel Horwood, who is also a Patron of the National Osteoporosis Society.