Our Patron - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
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 in November 2010. The announcement was made during an event The Duchess attended to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our Young Readers Programme. Two months previously, Her Royal Highness visited a National Literacy Trust project in Wiltshire to mark International Literacy Day and read an extract from the children’s book Hairy Maclary.
As well as visiting our programmes, The Duchess has held several literacy receptions at Clarence House to honour those who make a valuable contribution to literacy in the UK.
In February 2016, Her Royal Highness visited the National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough where she attended a mini literature festival in Peterborough Cathedral and visited a branch of Boots Opticians to meet staff and beneficiaries of our partnership, which highlights the links between eye health and literacy.
The Duchess met partners, funders, volunteers and families at a reception hosted at Peterborough Town Hall to share the Hub’s stories and successes.
The following day, The Duchess visited HMP Brixton in London to find out more about our Books Unlocked programme which improves the literacy skills of prisoners and young offenders as part of their rehabilitation.
Her Royal Highness, who has presented the Man Booker Prize for the last three years, joined a reading group discussion with Stephen Kelman about his book Pigeon English, which was later broadcast on National Prison Radio.