Queen Camilla in first solo engagement as Queen Consort
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Queen Camilla dazzled alongside Dua Lipa as the pair met today at the 2022 Booker Prize ceremony. Meeting at London’s Roundhouse for the event, both were dressed in all black as they were spotted excitedly chatting. This year’s Booker Prize ceremony, the first fully in-person since 2019, has been described as part of a “new look, vibrant winner ceremony, designed to celebrate and connect this year’s Booker writers with a wide range of readers” by its organisers. Camilla will be presenting the winner of the £50,000 prize with the Booker Prize trophy, in one of her first public engagements as Queen Consort.
Shortlisted authors NoViolet Bulawayo, Percival Everett, Shehan Karunatilaka, Claire Keegan and Elizabeth Strout will all be in attendance, with Alan Garner attending virtually.
This year will be the seventh time Camilla has presented the award, having handed it to Eleanor Catton, Richard Flanagan, Marlon James, Paul Beatty, George Saunders and Anna Burns from 2013 to 2018.
The Queen Consort has been a longstanding advocate of literacy, and has visited schools and libraries across her time in the Royal family.
She has also visited prisons to see the work of adult literacy schemes for convicts.
Over the Easter weekend in lockdown 2020, Camilla published a list of her nine favourite book recommendations, and then another five the following August.
After the reading list garnered a positive response, she launched The Reading Room Instagram account in January 2021 as an online community space for book lovers.
Meanwhile, world-famous Dua Lipa will be giving a keynote speech about her own love of reading.
The pop musician, known for hit singles including “New Rules” and “Don’t Start Now,” will speak about “how a love of reading has shaped her imagination, her identity, and her career as a global pop superstar,” the Booker Prize Foundation announced in a news release.
Much like Camilla, Dua Lipa has shared recommended book lists with her fans and often posts on social media about her reading habits.
She caused a particular stir on social media when she posted a picture of herself reading the harrowing “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara.
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