The Duchess of Cornwall attends the final of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition

The Duchess of Cornwall attended the final of BBC Radio 2’s short story competition 500 Words at Hampton Court Palace today.

Young people from all over the country who submitted a short story were invited to attend a special recording of the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show with Chris Evans in the grounds of the Tudor palace.

Honorary Judge The Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the event in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and told attendees: "I want to encourage everyone here to keep reading, to keep writing, and to keep saying a big fat yes to adventures." Read The Duchess’s speech in full.

Winning entries were read out by Dara O Briain, Jason Isaacs, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Abbington, David Walliams and Shobna Gulati, and there were musical performances from Bastille and Alexandra Burke.

After the event, the competition winners were given a ride in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, chauffeured by Chris Evans, and finalists attended a reception in the grounds of the Palace.