A Royal Collection Trust children’s publication is among books given by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to schoolchildren in Qatar during the Royal Tour of the Middle East.
The Duchess, who was accompanying His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, visited Amna Al Jaidah Independent Primary Girls’ School in Doha on Thursday, 14 March. There, The Duchess met pupils taking part in the ‘Kids Read’ campaign, a scheme developed by the British Council to promote literacy in the Middle East and North Africa. In support of the campaign, Her Royal Highness gave the school a collection of children’s books, including a copy of Does The Queen Wear Her Crown in Bed?, published by Royal Collection Trust.
Inspired by the many questions that children ask when visiting Buckingham Palace, the book is the Royal Household’s first children’s publication about Her Majesty The Queen’s London home. It tells the story of two children’s visit to the Palace, where a footman guides them around some of the State Rooms and explains The Queen’s most important duties – and what you should do if you meet her.
The children find crowns all over the Palace: on picture frames, on ceilings and even on uniforms worn by staff. They discover which crown The Queen wears on stamps – and that it has 1,333 diamonds in it, they throw balls for some of The Queen’s dogs, which are walked by footmen when she is hard at work, and find out what their names are. The children also have tea in the Palace garden, where they discover that 45,000 sandwiches are eaten each summer at The Queen’s Garden Parties.
Does The Queen Wear Her Crown in Bed? is written for children aged five to eight and is available for £3.95 from www.royalcollection.org.uk/shop.
A video of The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Amna Al Jaidah Independent Primary Girls’ School can be viewed here.