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Duchess Camilla Shares Book Recommendations to Get through COVID-19 Lockdown

Laura Beatham
Jan 23, 2021
10:20 A.M.
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Duchess Camilla shared her book recommendations to get through COVID-19 lockdown as well as other insights on her Instagram page.


Duchess of Cornwell, Camilla has launched a book club based on Instagram called "The Reading Room," where she will post her book recommendations and other insights into her choices.

Season one of Her Royal Highness's The Reading Room was launched, which included 4 book recommendations from Camilla, including "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens.

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and The Duchess Of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles pictured at the Service of Prayer and Dedication blessing their marriage at Windsor Castle on April, 2005, England. | Photo: Getty Images


For the next two 8 weeks, her Instagram page, @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom, will highlight and discuss each of the four books for two weeks.

The Reading Room will post different content to start conversations about the particular book, including interviews with the authors and a Book Club Kit with questions to help readers discuss and gain insight into the book. The page shared:

"Over the next eight weeks we'll be featuring each book for a fortnight, hearing from the authors, and providing thoughts for discussion."


The 3 other books to be announced for the first season are Hilary Mantel's "The Mirror And The Light," William Boyd’s "Restless," and "The Architect’s Apprentice" by Elif Shafak.

Her new Book Club project comes after she shared reading lists for the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK in April. She shared another list in August for summer.

Camilla and the Prince of Wales recently performed a recital of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."


In the video welcoming readers to "The Reading Room," Camilla shared that she had loved books from a young age and hoped that others could find joy in reading too.

She shared that books can become a great adventure as you can travel, allowing you to escape. She continued and said that all human emotion could be experienced by reading a book. The Duchess said:

"You can laugh and you can cry. There’s every type of emotion humans experience in a book.”


"The Reading Room" started the 8 week season with Hilary Mantel's "The Mirror And The Light" and has posted different resources, including an interview from the author and a Book Club Kit.

The Book Club Kits, which are various questions to help readers explore different themes from the books, are collaborations with the Universities of Portsmouth and Copenhagen for their Reading in Lockdown collaborative study.

Camilla has been a patron of several organizations, including The London Library and The Wicked Young Writers Award, and has a long history of working with charities focused on literacy.

Camilla and the Prince of Wales recently performed a recital of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," with British actors in aid of the Actors' Benevolent Fund.