Camilla beams at Charles in first public appearance since recovering from CovidFebruary 23, 2023
Camilla, Queen Consort, has made her first public appearance since recovering from another bout of Covid-19 to launch her book project – founded to help people of all generations share a love of reading – as a charity.
The project, previously known as The Reading Room after being started as reading lists published on Instagram during lockdown in January 2021, has now become The Queen’s Reading Room.
It is hoped it will help boost a global love of literature.
It is Camilla’s first charity since she became Queen Consort and previously as the Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla, 75, was joined by King Charles, 74, for the launch at a reception at Clarence House, attended by authors, literary figures and representatives of literacy charities.
She said: “With their extraordinary power to educate and inspire, books – from authors around the globe – have enriched my life since I was a child.
“It has therefore been such a joy to watch my Reading Room grow over the years into a thriving book community.
“Now, as a charity, I hope that we, together with our partners, can foster in adults and children alike a lifelong love of literature and connect more people with that special magic that can only be found in the leaves of a book.”
Actress Dame Judi Dench and historian David Olusoga will be among the speakers at the charity’s first literary festival, at Hampton Court Palace, on June 11.
It was revealed that week that the Queen Consort had contracted Covid for a second time, forcing her to cancel all her upcoming engagements and missed visits to Milton Keynes, Birmingham and Telford.
Just yesterday, Wednesday 22 February, Camilla wasn't able to visit a food charity with Charles in London as she was still recovering from the virus.
While Buckingham Palace said Camilla had made an “excellent recovery”, she had opted to take time out ahead of a busy day of royal engagements today.
A Palace spokesperson said: “Her Majesty has made an excellent recovery from last week’s illness.
“However, to allow for additional preparation ahead of Thursday’s rescheduled literary reception and other commitments, Her Majesty will not be attending today’s Felix Project engagement.
“His Majesty’s diary remains unaffected.”
Today's visit to Clarence House had been postponed last week in hopes that Camilla would be well enough to attend.
The literary reception was to celebrate the second anniversary of her Reading Room book club.
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