The Chalke Valley History Festival is going to be welcoming a royal visitor to celebrate the opening of the event.

Today, organisers of the event which returns later this month, announced that Camilla, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, will be visiting the festival when it opens on Monday, June 20. 

She will be attending in support of an event being organised by her Reading Room channel which is collaborating with a festival for the very first time.

Festival director Jane Pleydell-Bouverie said: “We are very honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is giving up her precious time to attend the history festival and delighted that we will be making a little bit of history ourselves as it will be the first time that the Reading Room has chosen to partner with a festival of any kind. It promises to be a marvellous occasion to open the festival and we much look forward to Her Royal Highness’s visit in ten days’ time.”

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Picture by Hugo Burnand

The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room is a hub for literary communities around the world which celebrates literature in all its forms.

Inspired by the success of Her Royal Highness's reading lists shared during the pandemic in 2020, The Reading Room channel offers new seasons of book recommendations, as well as exclusive insight from the authors themselves, in a community space for book lovers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Taking part in the event at the Chalke Valley History Festival will be historical novelist Philippa Gregory along with historian and author Alison Weir.

Rediscovering Women in History will be a fascinating discussion between the two best-selling writers and recognised authorities on the subject.

The Duchess of Cornwall will introduce the event and be present in the audience throughout.

The event will be filmed in front of a live audience on the day and then shown as part of Season 7 via The Reading Room’s @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom Instagram feed later this summer.

Rediscovering Women in History takes place on Monday, June 20. Tickets and more details about the festival programme are available by visiting the festival's website


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