June 6, 2023

As a author of historic fiction, Kate Mosse loves nothing greater than rummaging round in report places of work or archives, studying outdated paperwork and excavating the previous. Which is why collaborating within the first pageant to rejoice the Queen’s Studying Room at Hampton Court docket Palace is such an thrilling prospect. 

“In every single place you look there’s something extraordinary, a portray, or simply desirous about all these individuals who have walked down these corridors,” she says, wanting round her in awe throughout HELLO!’s unique photoshoot and interview on the magnificent royal palace. “It’s the echoes of the previous.” Though a bonus, the seventeenth century location is just not the principle attraction, nonetheless. “I believe it’s fabulous that the Studying Room has been arrange and I leapt on the likelihood of being within the pageant,” Kate says. “The Queen is genuinely necessary to books and a real reader.”

Hampton Court docket Palace’s magnificent inside will present the right backdrop for Kate’s speak on the pageant

Subsequent month’s pageant for the Queen’s Studying Room, arrange initially as a web based group in 2021 and relaunched as a charity by Her Majesty in February 2023, is a co-production with Historic Royal Palaces and the primary occasion of its form. Kate, whose best-selling e-book Labyrinth was featured on the Studying Room this 12 months, might be joined by authors together with Philippa Gregory, Ken Follett and Robert Harris, in addition to actresses Dame Judi Dench and Dame Harriet Walter, to rejoice the written phrase on 11 June. 

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Queen Camilla admires the roses in the David Austin garden© Getty
Queen Camilla is a real reader

It’s “significantly highly effective”, says Kate, not solely to have a senior royal promote literature, however for it to be Her Majesty. “I believe for lots of people, [the Queen] stands for a girl who has needed to put up with a terrific deal, in addition to obtain a terrific deal. And though she’s a Queen, she is aware of what ladies’s lives may be like. She’s not distant or divorced from issues.”

The 2 ladies have met a number of instances since Kate requested the then Duchess of Cornwall in 2010 to current the winner of the Girls’s Prize for Fiction, which she co-founded in 1996. Again then, Camilla was nonetheless “fairly a controversial determine”, says Kate. “I felt she was a robust, fascinating girl who was recognized to be a passionate reader. There was a certain quantity of opposition, however we thought: ‘That is our alternative, we’d like her to current the award.’”




The Queen’s Studying Room Pageant is at Hampton Court docket Palace on 11 June. Go to thequeensreadingroom.co.uk. Palace on 11 June. Go to thequeensreadingroom.co.uk.

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