Duchess of Cornwall will step up to open Chalke Valley History Festival with special event
- The Duchess of Cornwall will open this year’s Chalke Valley History Festival
- The festival is to begin with an event titled Rediscovering Women In History
- Sponsored by the Mail, it is in collaboration with Camilla’s popular book club
The Duchess of Cornwall will open this year’s Chalke Valley History Festival, it was announced yesterday.
The festival, sponsored by the Daily Mail, is to begin with a special event titled Rediscovering Women In History in collaboration with Camilla’s popular book club The Reading Room.
The duchess will visit the idyllic site at Broad Chalke, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, on the first day of the festival – taking place from June 20 to 26 – to introduce the event and will be present in the audience throughout.
The Duchess of Cornwall will open this year’s Chalke Valley History Festival
Historical novelist Philippa Gregory and historian Alison Weir are due to take part in a discussion titled ‘Rediscovering Women in History’ that will be recorded for The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room.
The Duchess will introduce the event and be present in the audience throughout. The discussion will be shown as part of the @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom Instagram feed later this summer.
Avid reader Camilla first shared her reading lists during the pandemic in 2020, and was then inspired by the positive reaction to launch her hub for literary communities around the world on Instagram last year.
It now has 137,000 subscribers on Instagram and has moved online too. As well as book recommendations, it offers exclusive insight from the authors themselves, and offers something for book lovers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Yesterday 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. 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.’
The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place from June 20 to 26 at Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5DP. For tickets and more details about the festival visit www.cvhf.org.uk.