Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at church on Christmas Day
Camilla has poured her passion for literature also in the gifts she bought for her beloved grandchildren. Appearing on the special Christmas BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the Duchess revealed she gave the little ones in her family a few books she carefully chose in accordance with their interests.
In a conversation with Lord Dobbs, Camilla said: “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.”
Camila appeared to be referring to the three children of her daughter Laura Lopes – Eliza, Louis and Gus.
Speaking about the importance of reading, the Duchess also said: “If you learn to read, however difficult your life is at the time, you can pick up a book and you can escape.
“You can laugh, you can cry, it just takes you out of the real world and it gives you a different dimension to life.”
Camilla opened up on some of the presents she bought for her grandchildren
Tom Parker Bowles is a food writer
The 74-year-old, however, is also the grandmother of the children of her son Tom Parker Bowles – Lola and Freddy.
Moreover, thanks to her marriage with Prince Charles, Camilla is also the proud step-grandmother of five other children.
Three are the sons and daughter of Kate and Prince William – Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.
Archie Harrison and Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana, the children of Meghan and Prince Harry, are also Camilla’s step-grandchildren.
The Duchess of Cornwall spent this Christmas in the company of her husband and the Queen at Her Majesty’s home in Berkshire.
Charles and Camilla were photographed arriving at St George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, to attend the Christmas Day service.
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Camilla with her children Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes
They were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester as well as Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.
The Queen’s decision to celebrate the festivities at Windsor Castle was taken in the wake of the steep rise of Covid infections in recent weeks.
Before the arrival of the Omicron variant, the monarch was believed to be planning to spend Christmas with her loved ones at Sandringham, as she has been doing since 1988.
During a typical royal Christmas, Camilla juggles between her two families – the royals and her children – according to royal commentator Angela Mollard.
Camilla is known for her love for literature
Camilla at St George’s Chapel on Christmas Day
Appearing on Zoe Burrell’s ‘Royals’ podcast in 2019, the expert said Camilla normally remains in Norfolk until the Queen’s speech, broadcasted every December 25 at 3pm.
She then leaves to meet Mrs Lopes and Mr Parker Bowles and spend the evening with her grandchildren.
Mr Parker Bowles confirmed this during an interview with Town & Country Magazine.
Speaking about his traditional Christmas in 2019, he said: “My mother’s up with my stepfather, and she comes down on Christmas Day straight after the Queen’s speech.
Prince Charles and Camilla got married in 2005
“So it’s very much a family thing.”
Recalling a childhood memory, the food writer also opened up on Camilla’s efforts to prepare the perfect Christmas meal.
He said: “[I remember] my mother and aunt waking up and kicking a turkey into an Aga, which is a sort of always-on English cooking thing that you have in the country.
“They always made a big deal of it, and sweating away and pushing it and swearing at six o’clock in the morning.”
Camilla has five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren
Camilla, who has often spoken about passing on her love for reading to her children and grandchildren, introduced her son to her online book club earlier this year.
An Instagram post shared in September on the account The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room read: “Over the next few weeks we will introduce a selection of cookery writers that have been handpicked by Her Royal Highness, with the help of her son, food writer and critic, Tom Parker Bowles.
“We cordially invite Tom into the Reading Room to share with us his love of the art of great cookery writing, and to introduce us to some of his favourite writers.”