The Duchess of Cornwall’s confessions indicate that every royal fairy tale has a silver lining.
THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL was told a story by two pupils about the loneliness that many older people suffer.
Camilla has become a supporter of Silver Stories, a nonprofit that encourages children to read to the elderly. It has eight schools involved, with 42 “Silver Readers” speaking from their homes to dozens of “Silver Listeners” in Cornwall, Wales, and other parts of England.
The Duchess of Cornwall listened to a telephone story from two readers, Tegen, 10, and Ollie, 11, who called her from their school in Nanpean, Cornwall.
Camilla, who is known for her love of literature, spoke with the kids after listening to them perform extracts from Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and David Walliams’ The Ice Monster, two of her favorites.
“When you’re sitting by alone, don’t you get a little lonely, don’t you?” she reminded the kids, emphasizing the value of Silver Stories in providing joy to the elderly.
Hearing your voice read these great stories must be extremely uplifting for them, and I think you’re doing a fantastic job.”
“You should be an actor,” she urged Ollie after praising both children. You do a fantastic job with all of the characters’ voices.” Camilla, who has been a member of the Royal Family for 16 years, revealed that she has changed her public speaking manner after Ollie told her that he used to read more swiftly before becoming a Silver Reader, but that he has changed since then.
“I used to read very, very quickly,” the Duchess explained. When I gave a speech, I used to speak extremely quickly, and then you have to take a big breath, slow down, and pay attention to the commas and full stops.” Camilla isn’t the only princess who has changed her public speaking style over time.
The Queen worked on her delivery manner early in her reign, with the Duke of Edinburgh encouraging her to decrease her voice’s high pitch.
Silver Stories was founded in 2016 by Elisabeth Carney-Haworth, a retired headteacher, and her husband, David, a retired police sergeant, in response to concerns about the loneliness experienced by older people, the importance of intergenerational relationships, and a desire to instill a love of reading in children.