BookTrust CEO and Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho visit the Queen Consort at Buckingham Palace

Published on: 03 November 2022

BookTrust was honoured to be invited to Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty The Queen Consort of the United Kingdom.

Camilla, Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho at Buckingham Palace

Photo: Aaron Chown/PA

BookTrust CEO Diana Gerald and Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho met with Her Majesty The Queen Consort of the United Kingdom - long-time Patron of BookTrust and committed advocate of reading and literacy - at Buckingham Palace today (3 November).

Diana Gerald presented the Queen Consort with BookTrust Early Years packs, which feature books and resources designed to engage disadvantaged and vulnerable children with the benefits of reading.

Meanwhile, Joseph Coelho presented Her Majesty The Queen Consort with a selection of his poetry books.

'We were delighted to have been able to meet with the Queen Consort today,' said Diana Gerald.

'As a champion of the joy of reading and long-time Patron of BookTrust, she shares our charity's beliefs in the life-changing benefits of becoming a reader, and the importance of bringing these benefits to the children across the country who need it most.'

Joseph Coelho added: 'I feel honoured to have attended Buckingham Palace today, in my role as Waterstones Children's Laureate, where I met with The Queen Consort.

'Our shared passion for books and reading led to an inspiring discussion, and I was delighted to hear Her Majesty reaffirm her passion for literacy and access to books amongst our nation's youngest readers.'

The Queen Consort met Joseph Coelho's predecessor as Waterstones Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, when they visited a primary school to open its new library as part of the Lifechanging Libraries campaign last year.

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