Queen Camilla at Bristol school in first solo visit since the Coronation

She was there to help create a ‘dream library’

  • 13:43, 18 MAY 2023
  • UPDATED08:46, 19 MAY 202

The new Queen made her first official royal visit since her Coronation today – to a primary school in north west Bristol. Queen Camilla launched a national Coronation Libraries initiative at Shirehampton Primary School in Bristol, meeting pupils and teachers from ten other schools that have created libraries in their schools.

The Queen also met leading children’s authors and joined pupils in a lesson to create their ‘dream library’. The initiative will see 50 ‘Coronation Libraries’ that will be created in schools across the UK in the next year to mark her and King Charles’ Coronation earlier this month.

HRH joined author and former Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, who wrote the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ series of children’s books, in a session to design a library, with representatives from Arts Council England, the publishers Oxford University Press and the the National Literacy Trust, leading the Coronation Library project, also involved.

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After that design session, the Queen was then given a tour of Shirehampton Primary School’s new Coronation Library by its two pupil librarians. There, Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon was holding a reading session.

At the new library, the Queen unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the school’s Coronation Library, and met some of the National Literacy Trust’s key supporters.

The hour long visit was packed with more authors including Malorie Blackman. After unveiling the plaque and « giving it a good tap for good luck », the Queen moved on to join Shirehampton’s Key Stage 2 pupils in the school hall, who were getting an expert lesson in drawing by Odd Dog author Rob Biddulph.

Shirehampton Year 6 pupils Oritse and Shanan showed the Queen their new Coronation Library before infants Evan, 5 and Daisy, 6 gave her flowers to thank her for her visit.

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