The Duchess of Cornwall returned in animated form for the launch of this year’s BBC Radio 2 500 Words writing competition.

The annual short story contest, which was announced on Chris Evan's breakfast show, encourages children aged between five and 13 to put pen to paper to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words.

In the new animation, Her Royal Highness appears as a Fairy Godmother encouraging a little boy to explore his imagination filled with pirate ships, dragons and giant gingerbread men, which then inspires him to write.

For the second year running, The Duchess will help decide competition winners in her role as an Honorary Judge. The winning entries will be read out by celebrity readers at the Tower of London during a live broadcast of Chris Evan’s breakfast show.