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Camilla reads Harry Potter to school pupils in Gloucester

Her husband is attending a service at at Westminster Abbey today, but Camilla proved she has a packed schedule of her own as she carried out a series of engagements in Gloucestershire.

The Duchess of Cornwall, 70, started her busy day at St James’ Church of England Junior School, Gloucester, where she received a riotous welcome from dozens of children waving flags.

Camilla even got the chance to view a series of portraits of herself drawn by pupils – which saw her donning a crown and posing in front of a giant Union flag. 

Clad in a powder blue bouclé skirt suit, the Prince of Wales’ wife was sporting her signature blonde blow dry along with two dragonfly brooches.

The Duchess of Cornwall looks at pictures drawn by pupils during a visit to the St James’ Church of England Junior School on Thursday

One of the youngsters had even drawn a picture of Camilla, clad in a white dress and stood in front of a Union flag - which the Duchess got a chance to see during her visit today

One of the youngsters had even drawn a picture of Camilla, clad in a white dress and stood in front of a Union flag – which the Duchess got a chance to see during her visit today

A picture of the Duchess of Cornwall, drawn by a pupil of St James' Church of England Junior School, which she looked at during her visit to the school in Gloucester

A picture of the Duchess of Cornwall, drawn by a pupil of St James’ Church of England Junior School, which she looked at during her visit to the school in Gloucester

Solo visit: The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at St James' Church of England Junior School, Gloucester, where she received a riotous welcome from children waving Union flags.

Solo visit: The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at St James’ Church of England Junior School, Gloucester, where she received a riotous welcome from children waving Union flags.

During her visit today, the Duchess attended a Beanstalk reading session before one youngster, 10-year-old Jady Paratudo, presented her with a posy as a parting gift (pictured)

During her visit today, the Duchess attended a Beanstalk reading session before one youngster, 10-year-old Jady Paratudo, presented her with a posy as a parting gift (pictured)

She attended a Beanstalk reading session before one youngster, 10-year-old Jady Paratudo, presented her with a posy as a parting gift.

Camilla also read a Harry Potter book to group of delighted pupils during her visit, and examined some of their art work.

A keen advocate for the importance of reading and writing, the Duchess is patron of several organisations that promote and support literacy, including the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust, First Story, the Wicked Young Writer Awards and Beanstalk.

Camilla is also a passionate supporter of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words creative writing competition and has been an honorary judge. 

What a welcome! The Duchess of Cornwall received a riotous reception from dozens of children waving Union flags after touching down in Gloucester today

What a welcome! The Duchess of Cornwall received a riotous reception from dozens of children waving Union flags after touching down in Gloucester today

Close to her heart: As part of her work, Camilla is patron of the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust, First Story, the Wicked Young Writer Awards and Beanstalk

Close to her heart: As part of her work, Camilla is patron of the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust, First Story, the Wicked Young Writer Awards and Beanstalk

The Duchess looked delighted as she chatted to a group of youngsters taking part in a reading session during her visit today

The Duchess looked delighted as she chatted to a group of youngsters taking part in a reading session during her visit today

Camilla reads an extract from Harry Potter. A keen advocate for the importance of reading and writing, the Duchess is patron of several organisations that promote and support literacy

Camilla reads an extract from Harry Potter. A keen advocate for the importance of reading and writing, the Duchess is patron of several organisations that promote and support literacy

Camilla, 70, is also a passionate supporter of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words creative writing competition and has been an honorary judge

Camilla, 70, is also a passionate supporter of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words creative writing competition and has been an honorary judge

In 2015, The Duchess attended the live broadcast of the final at St James’s Palace where she addressed finalists, competition judges and Radio 2 listeners about why reading and storytelling is so important.

In a speech, she said: ‘Like climbing through the wardrobe into Narnia, stories open doors into different worlds. 

‘They stretch our imagination and get our brains buzzing. We fall in love with heroes and heroines and can’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens…

‘Whether exotic or every-day, heart-warming or heart-stopping, stories help us to understand our world and the people in it.’



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