The Duchess of Cornwall talks to Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman
The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception for supporters of the National Literacy Trust in Central London this evening.
Her Royal Highness, who is Patron of the charity, was joined by ambassadors including authors and leading figures in publishing and education as she attended the National Literacy Trust's annual dinner and charity auction.
The Duchess has been Patron of the National Literacy Trust since 2010, and was greeted by Dame Julia Cleverdon, Chair of the National Literacy Trust before chatting with the charity’s author ambassadors including the Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Joanna Trollope, Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz, Axel Scheffler, Antony Beevor, Philip Hensher, Victoria Hislop and Neel Mukherjee. Luke Kelly - Roald Dahl’s grandson and Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Estate and Lady Mary Wellesley also enjoyed meeting Her Royal Highness.
The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Their research and analysis makes them the leading authority on literacy and informs their work. They work with schools, run literacy projects in disadvantaged communities and campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents.
Her Royal Highness is an avid reader herself and throughout her patronage with the charity has worked to promote literacy for everyone.
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust said: “The generosity of so many friends of the National Literacy Trust made last night our most successful gala dinner to date. We were honoured to be joined by The Duchess of Cornwall and her ongoing support and enthusiasm as our Patron really pays testament to how crucial literacy is in the UK.
“40% of children from disadvantaged backgrounds leave school every year unable to read well. The vital funds raised at our charity auction last night will go towards supporting our work in making a difference in the UK’s poorest communities, raising levels of literacy and opening up new opportunities.”
The Duchess of Cornwall invites children to Clarence House as Patron of the National Literacy Trust