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The Duchess of Cornwall poses in a Wendy house built for Princess Elizabeth in Birkhall


The Duchess of Cornwall jokes that she is an "old fairy godmother" in a message celebrating the 10th anniversary of BBC Radio 2's 500-word contest recorded at the Queen's Wendy House in Birkhall

  • The Duchess of Cornwall sent a video message from Birkhall in Scotland
  • Camilla posed in a Wendy house that was built on the property for Princess Elizabeth
  • The miniature house has a thatched roof made of heather and a stone base
  • Camilla celebrated the 10th anniversary of Radio 2's 500-word contest

The Duchess of Cornwall jokingly described herself as "the old fairy godmother" in a message to mark the tenth anniversary of the BBC Radio 2 & # 39; 500 Words for Children short story competition.

The 72-year-old Camilla recorded the anniversary message in a Wendy house on the grounds of Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, where she is isolated from Prince Charles (72) to enjoy Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.

The Duchess' message was broadcast today on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.

The Duchess of Cornwall jokingly described herself as the "old fairy godmother" of BBC Radio 2's 500-word short story competition when this year's winners were announced. She recorded an anniversary message at Wendy House, which was built for Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret on the Birkhall estate (picture).

Camilla said from the hut: “In the past 10 years, 500 words have received more than a million entries. And it not only inspired children to read and write – many adults are also very excited.

“Including me, the fairly old godmother of the competition! Now this year we may have been confined to our homes, but no one can limit our imaginations. Once again, your genius and creativity blew me away.

"In fact, you reminded me of a wonderful quote from Beatrix Potter:" It's a delicious thing to write those first few words of a story. You can never tell exactly where they will take you.

“It was a delicious thing for me to read the beginning of all of your stories. I could never tell exactly where I was going to land – but I had a wonderful time getting there! & # 39;

The short story competition winners were announced today. They were selected from a final selection of 56 stories. The judge team consisted of the Duchess, Chair Chris Evans, award-winning authors Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon, and Zoe Ball.

Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, with sister Princess Margaret (right) and her mother, the Queen Mother (center), on the grounds of Windsor Castle in July 1941

Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, with sister Princess Margaret (right) and her mother, the Queen Mother (center), on the grounds of Windsor Castle in July 1941

In an on-air interview with Ball, the Duchess joked about a squirrel that had followed her video call considerations after the animal was found at her window and quipped, "It was very helpful."

Coronavirus forced the organizers to cancel the Buckingham Palace finals, and in a recorded message played on the breakfast show, Camilla said, “I was really looking forward to meeting the finalists at Buckingham Palace today.

“But luckily, technology has brought us together across the waves – and we'll still celebrate as hard as possible.

“But just before we celebrate, I want to say something serious. The past few months have been very difficult, confusing and worrying for many of you.

“Thank you for staying home, being friendly to others, and cheering up your family and friends whenever you can. You were brilliant. & # 39;

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