We are delighted to have as our Patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. Her Royal Highness has a long-standing interest in literacy and reading and describes herself as a "passionate reader". Her Royal Highness’s valuable support helps us to ensure children and adults across the UK have the literacy skills they need for a happier, healthier and more prosperous life.
Her Royal Highness became our Patron following an announcement at an event held last November to mark 15 years of the National Literacy Trust’s programme for children in disadvantaged communities.
In September she visited a National Literacy Trust project in a library in Wiltshire in recognition of International Literacy Day. After hearing about the work that we are carrying out in collaboration with local areas to extend the reach of support for literacy to the most needy families, Her Royal Highness read an extract from Hairy Maclary to a group of young children.
As well as visiting our projects, Her Royal Highness also held a literacy reception at Clarence House to honour those who make a valuable contribution to literacy in the UK.