Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attended the 500 Words Final last week where she gave a speech about why stories are so magical. Today, Camilla hosted a Buckingham Palace Garden Party for the Women’s Institute, also attended by Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
[Sofia Zambuto (the 5-9 category winner), Camilla and Kenneth Branagh]
On Friday, May 29, Camilla attended the final of BBC Radio’s 5th annual 500 Words creative writing competition (which she helped launch back in January) at St James’s Palace. The competition challenges children 13 and under to write an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words (as an aside, I’ve actually done one of these “500 words” competitions; it’s fun – I didn’t win, even though my horror story was awesome). Celebrity narrators read the gold, silver and bronze winning entries in each age category (5-9; 10-13). The celebrities included Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, and Eleanor Tomlinson. There was a prize-giving ceremony with a reception after.
[Jeremy Irons, Amabel Smith (the 10-13 category winner), and Camilla]
Camilla gave a speech in which she said in part:
“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. We meet impossible people, travel to remote places and make hundreds of new friends. We look around with new eyes and recognise Horrid Henry next-door and Professor Snape the Chemistry Teacher in the school down the road.
“Whether exotic or every-day, heart-warming or heart-stopping, stories help us to understand our world and the people in it. We can all see the differences in our points of view and backgrounds, but the best stories – just like those old tales – show us what we all have in common, what we all share.
“It’s no wonder that, once we have opened that door, we want to tell other people what they’re missing. Right back to prehistoric families sitting spellbound around the smoking fire, all the way to the technological interactive miracles of Radio 2, people still love a good story.”
Camilla wore a navy polka dot dress and her pearl earrings she wears all the time. I really like her dress. I love polka dots in general, but they were an excellent choice for a children’s event.
[Camilla and Eleanor Tomlinson]
Today, June 2, Camilla hosted the Women’s Institute (WI) 100th anniversary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Sophie, Countess of Wessex was also in attendance, as was Princess Anne. The WI was formed in 1915 to revitalize rural communities and encourage women to help produce food during World War I, and is now the largest voluntary women’s organization in the UK. The Queen is President of the Sandringham WI (member since 1943), Camilla is a member of the Tetbury WI (since 2006), Sophie is a member of the Bagshot WI (since 2007), and Anne is an associate member of her local WI.
In “Kate news I never covered”, the president of Anmer WI sent Duchess Kate a letter before Christmas inviting her to join, and Rebecca Deacon sent back a letter saying Kate was interested. Who knows what will happen with that, but if Kate joins she will be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, members. Link: Hello.
[That’s Princess Alexandra behind Camilla]
Camilla wore a navy coat and the polka dot dress from the 500 Words event, her pearl choker with diamond clasp, and her diamond and sapphire butterfly brooch.
Sophie wore a black jacket and black and white horse print dress from Emilia Wickstead AW12 collection, a hat by Jane Taylor, and a new brooch. I’ve noticed that Sophie wears a lot of black. I wish she’d wear more bright colors.
On Wednesday, May 27, after attending the State Opening of Parliament in the morning, Camilla attended a reception given by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers at Plaisterers’ Hall in London. Camilla was made an Honorary Liveryman in April 2014.
While at the reception, Camilla received a new brooch that I’ll call the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Livery Badge. The badge was designed by 19 year old Joshua Gane after he won a competition sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. The badge’s design is inspired by Plaisterers’ Hall’s plasterwork incorporating patterns and floral motifs, with the Company’s coat of arms at the center. The badge includes silver, silver gilt, opaque blue and white enamel, and diamond and blue sapphires. The badge can be worn as a brooch or a pendant.
Link: The Goldsmith’s Company.
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