During the coronavirus pandemic, the Duchess was inspired to share her book recommendations in a list of her favourite reads in April and another in August After an overwhelming response to the reading lists, Clarence House announced on Friday that Camilla would continue sharing her favourite books through a book club titled “the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room”.
In a Twitter post, Clarence House said: “HRH’s brand new literary project will offer book recommendations and provide insight from the authors themselves in a community space for all book lovers.
“#TheReadingRoom Winter Season will be revealed on January 15th.”
It added: “The Duchess of Cornwall is a passionate supporter of literature and Patron of several organisations which promote literacy, including Literacy Trust, First Story and Coram Beanstalk.”
Royal fans took to social media to praise the Duchess on her new book club project.
One Instagram user wrote: “What a brilliant way to start 2021.”
Another commented: “This is wonderful! Looking forward to the season launch. Thank you.”
A third user wrote: “I’m so excited you are doing this.”
A fourth user posted: “What a great idea! Fits my goal to read more books in 2021 perfectly!”
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However, Clarence House has not turned off comments on Camilla’s official book club Instagram page.
The new social media account already features an interview between the Duchess and the artist Charlie Mackesy about his book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.
Mr Mackesy’s book is a special first recommendation of the Duchess’ before she releases four new choices on 15 January.
Camilla will continue to release new book choices seasonally with conversations with selected authors.
A palace source told the Daily Mail: “The duchess is hoping her Reading Room will encourage all ages and all levels of reader to pick up a book, and that it will spread awareness of the emotional, social and educational benefits of reading.
“That is as important to her as recommending any particular title herself. Ultimately, though, her hope is that this should put more books into the hands of more people.”
The Duchess of Cornwall will be the first royal to launch a book club.
Her online interviews are expected to be another way she is using social media to reach the nation during the pandemic.
In July a source close to Camilla told Vanity Fair: “We have seen her in a much more informal setting and that has given people a chance to get to know her a little better.
“Both she and the prince have shown themselves to be very comfortable operating this way—they have allowed the public into their home in a way that has never happened before.”