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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is celebrating her 70th birthday in July.

The Duchess loves reading and sharing children’s books, and is the patron of several organisations which promote and support literacy, including the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.

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To celebrate our patron’s birthday, we are giving 70 primary schools specially-designed bookshelves filled with 70 children’s books. Her Royal Highness was presented with a set of the bookshelves at a birthday garden party at Clarence House on Tuesday 11 July.

We asked for children from schools all over the UK to recommend their favourite books to be included on the bookshelves, to inspire reading for pleasure. Thank you for all your brilliant nominations!

See the list of 70 books on the Duchess’s Bookshelves.

Congratulations to Hemlington Hall Academy in Middlesbrough and Berkeley Primary School in Hounslow. They nominated their pupils’ favourite books and were chosen to attend the event at Clarence House to present HRH with the bookshelves. They will also receive a set of the books and bookshelves for their schools to enjoy.

Supporting resources

You can use our resources to celebrate the Duchess’s birthday. The teachers' notes resource includes a classroom activity plan and pupil worksheets. We hope you will find the assembly and classroom PowerPoint presentations helpful too.

Duchess's Bookshelves teachers's notes

Duchess's Bookshelves classroom PowerPoint

Duchess's Bookshelves assembly PowerPoint

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.