Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall is Booktrust's Patron. Her Royal Highness took the reins from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 2011, who stood down after many years in the role.
This followed an event at Dundonald Library in Belfast attended by The Duchess of Cornwall and Booktrust Chief Executive Viv Bird. During the visit, Her Royal Highness was introduced to children from The Letterbox Club - the Booktrust scheme that aims to improve the educational outlook for looked-after children. This is just one of the areas of Booktrust's work that focuses on empowering and inspiring children and families to experience the pleasure of reading.
The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron or President of a number of leading charities and in recent times she has become increasingly well-known for her deep personal interest in literature and literacy. At a major book prize ceremony, Her Royal Highness spoke vividly about her longstanding relationship with the written word:
'I firmly believe in the importance of igniting a passion for reading in the next generation…The power of a captivating story, a well-honed sentence or a beautifully crafted character is immense, not only taking the reader - or listener - to different worlds, but broadening and stimulating the mind, too.'
As Patron, The Duchess is a key figurehead for Booktrust's work to inspire a lifelong love of books for all.