The Queen Consort hugged former Spice Girl Geri Horner during a reception for winners of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Camilla welcomed the winners as she donned a smart navy dress with sparkles. The competition is the world’s oldest international competition for schools, delivered since 1883, working to provide opportunities for young people across the world.
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As part of her charity work as the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla championed reading so the event was notably important to her.
The Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English tweeted: “The Queen Consort is holding a reception for winners of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 at Buckingham Palace to recognise young and talented writers from across the Commonwealth.
“She is expected to pay tribute to the power of literacy in bringing people together.”