Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, revealed what gifts she bought for her grandchildren this Christmas in a new interview. The Duchess spent this Christmas with her husband Prince Charles at Windsor Castle with the Queen, who seems to want to share her love of reading with the young ones, as she bought all of the books.
During her appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme’s Christmas special, Camilla revealed the five books that she picked out for her five grandchildren, explaining: “I have a granddaughter that’s very into Philip Pullman and she’s been through His Dark Materials so I think I got her La Belle Sauvage and the twin boys, one I got Dracula and the other I put onto Lord of the Rings…so those are the children’s books.” Excellent choices we might add.
Camilla has five grandchildren of her own, but she is step-grandmother to five more, with those being Prince William and Prince Harry’s children-Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Mountbatten Windsor.
The gift she speaks of are probably for her daughter Laura Lopes’ children-Eliza, the oldest, and the two twins Gus and Lois, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if she also got her step-grandchildren books as well, taking into consideration her love of books.
She has shown this love time and time again by being a patron of numerous literacy charities, with her most recent project being The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room on Instagram for book lovers of all ages and abilities. In another interview, Camilla talked about how her love of literature started from a young age, shared her favourite book-Black Beauty by Anne Sewell, and how it still manages to bring tears to her eyes when she thinks about it.
“In those days I was a sort of pony-mad child, and I thought of very little else apart from horses and ponies and charging about on them, so I think Black Beauty was the first book that stuck in my mind,” Camilla said.
The Duchess will certainly be looking forward to spending more time with her family over the holidays, especially talking and discussing the wonderful books she had gifted them. The Duchess and Prince Charles spent Christmas at Windsor, with them joining the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester for the morning church service before returning to the castle grounds and spending the rest of the holiday there with the monarch.
This was the second year in a row that the Queen had to cancel the usual Christmas gathering at Sandringham due to the global pandemic, but we have no doubt that the Queen still had a wonderful Christmas with her two sons and their wives.