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Camilla participates in poetry campaign to unite old and young

Camilla attends the ‘Poetry Together’ recital and tea party

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The Duchess of Cornwall, 74, joined schoolchildren and care home residents yesterday for a poetry recital before enjoying tea and Camilla’s very own special sponge cake. The Duchess posted the recipe for her Nutella Victoria Sponge back in September when she revealed she would attend the Poetry Together initiative after the event was cancelled in 2020.

A photo of a beaming Camilla clutching her cake was shared on the Clarence House Instagram account.

The post, which received over 50,000 likes, was captioned: “In celebration of the return of @poetry_together tea parties this year, The Duchess has shared her recipe for a Victoria Sponge for young and old(er!) alike to enjoy after reciting a poem by heart together.”

The organisation, set up in 2019, was established by the former Tory MP and Prince Philip biographer Gyles Brandreth, 73.

The Duchess of Cornwall currently serves as patron of the Royal Society of Literature.

National Poetry Day was celebrated on October 7 and marked the launch of Mr Brandreth’s initiative.

The project is also supported by English actress Dame Judi Dench, 86, and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, 75.

In October Camilla encouraged children who were involved in a book reading project aimed towards improving children’s literacy skills and building connections with the older generation.

Camilla recently became a Patron of Silver Stories, the charity which connects children with older people with a shared love of reading.

Silver Stories was established in 2016 by Elisabeth Carney Haworth and her husband.

The aim was to reduce loneliness in older people by creating intergenerational relationships, and increasing the literary skills of children.

The child, referred to as the Silver Reader, reads parts of their favourite books out loud to the older adult, the Silver Listener during a five to ten-minute long phone call.

The project improves children’s reading capabilities and provides social interaction for the older individual.

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Also, Camilla set up The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room on Instagram in January after the popularity of her reading lists during lockdown in 2020.

Her son Tom Parker Bowles joined in, he is the author of seven cookbooks and was awarded the Guild of Food Writers in 2010.

Camilla’s online book club has previously featured several prominent authors including acclaimed War Horse author Sir Michael Morpurgo.

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