National Literacy Trust gains royal patron
18th November 2010
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has become a patron of reading and writing charity the National Literacy Trust.
Yesterday (November 17th), the group hosted an event attended by Her Royal Highness and a number of children's authors to celebrate its 15th year of working with youngsters from disadvantaged communities.
During the ceremony, the duchess met a class of 30 children from St Augustine's CE Primary School in Westminster and attended a reception held in honour of the charity's work.
Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said: 'Her Royal Highness's support will help us to ensure children and adults across the UK have the literacy skills they need for a happier, healthier and more prosperous life.'
Children's authors who attended the event included Anthony Horowtiz, Jeremy Strong and Tommy Donbavand. Horowtiz spoke at the reception and stressed the need for every child in the UK to be given the chance to develop a love of reading.
Writing recently in the Daily Telegraph, former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo said that youngsters can develop a love of reading if the people around them show a genuine passion for literature.