Duchess of Cornwall listens to children tell her stories at Clarence House in her role as patroness of the charity Silver Stories – which helps children read to the elderly by phone to alleviate loneliness
- The Duchess of Cornwall was treated to a selection of fantastic stories during a phone call
- Camilla, 74, is the patron saint of the charity Silver Stories, where children read to the elderly
- During the phone call, she revealed that she often reads bedtime stories to her grandchildren
As a grandmother, she is used to reading compelling bedtime stories to children.
But the Duchess of Cornwall got to test her listening skills at Clarence House when she was treated to a selection of fantastic stories – read by schoolchildren.
The 74-year-old is the patron saint of the charity Silver Stories, where children read to the elderly over the telephone to alleviate loneliness.
PAGE TURNER: The Duchess, 74, listens to a selection of bedtime stories read by schoolchildren as part of the Silver Stories reading program at Clarence House
One of the first stories Camilla heard was David Walliams’ The Ice Monster, read by 11-year-old Ollie from Cornwall. The Duchess said, ‘Oh, I’ve read that many times with my grandchildren. It’s a very good book, isn’t it?’
After chuckling during the passage about “the mean old boot Mrs Curdle,” Camilla, who has five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren, said to Ollie, “That was absolutely brilliant.”
To another reader, Teagan, ten, the Duchess said, “Sitting alone makes you a little lonely, doesn’t it? But it must be so uplifting for them to hear your voice reading these beautiful stories.’
The charity was founded by Elisabeth Carney-Haworth, 63, a former school principal, and her husband David, 61, a former police sergeant, in response to the Covid crisis.
One of the first stories Camilla heard was David Walliams’s Ice Monster, read by 11-year-old Cornish Ollie (pictured), which Camilla said read to her grandchildren “very often.”
Speaking to another reader, Teagan, ten, (pictured), the Duchess said: ‘It must be so uplifting for them to hear your voice reading these beautiful stories’
The couple previously received an OBE for transforming the way police report domestic violence cases to schools so that teachers can better support affected children.
The charity currently has eight schools involved and is looking to expand.
Speaking on the phone with students involved in the programme, the Duchess, a long-time book lover and advocate of reading programs, said: ‘I’m sure you’re helping the older generation a lot by reading them.
“It should brighten their days. So thank you very much, you are doing a great job. Be good and keep reading.’
Silver Stories has also won the support of Childline creator Dame Esther Rantzen.