The Duchess of Cornwall has teamed up with the Chalke Valley History Festival as her book club hits the circuit for the first time

New chapter for Camilla’s book club as it partners with Chalke Valley History Festival

New chapter for Camilla’s Book Club: The Duchess of Cornwall teams up with the Chalke Valley History Festival for a special opening event in conjunction with her Literary Project

  • The Duchess of Cornwall’s book club hits the festival circuit for the first time
  • Avid reader Camilla launched the hub for literary communities around the world
  • He now has 137,000 followers on Instagram and has also moved online

The Duchess of Cornwall has teamed up with the Chalke Valley History Festival as her book club hits the circuit for the first time.

The festival, sponsored by the Daily Mail, will open with a special event in conjunction with Camilla’s Literary Enterprise.

Historical novelist Philippa Gregory and historian Alison Weir are due to take part in a discussion titled Rediscovering Women in History, which will be recorded for the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room.

Avid reader Camilla launched Instagram’s hub for literary communities around the world last year, which celebrates literature in all its forms. He now has 137,000 followers on Instagram and has also moved online.

The Duchess of Cornwall has teamed up with the Chalke Valley History Festival as her book club hits the circuit for the first time

It will be the first time that she collaborates with a festival. Details were revealed ahead of festival tickets going on sale today. Returning to a full seven days after a reduced schedule last year due to the pandemic, its stellar speaker list includes Sebastian Faulks and Antony Beevor.

Royal talks include Tracy Borman on Britain’s monarchy from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II, and the Mail’s Robert Hardman on his recently published biography of the Queen.

Dan Snow will talk about his epic journey to Antarctica on the expedition to find Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance.

And “Spike Milligan’s war against Hitler, the BBC and everyone else” will be tackled by Ian Hislop, co-author of a play on the arch-moron.

A topical discussion list includes Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei discussing the situation in Ukraine and financier-turned-activist Bill Browder on Russian money laundering and state-sponsored murder.

Away from those important topics, there’s plenty on offer for children heading to the festival, which will take place in the idyllic English countryside from June 20-26. The beautiful festival site in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, will feature a vintage fairground and there will be Edwardian jugglers, acrobats and jesters.

Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry books, will give a lecture on “two terrible Vikings”.

A Round House and Iron Age settlement are being built for the festival using the tools and materials that would have been employed by the British before the Roman invasion.

There will also be a recreation of a World War II trench in Cassel, northern France, where a small detachment of British infantry heroically attempted to stem the German advance in May 1940.

An expanded musical lineup includes seven different acts playing at the bar throughout the week, from 1920s jazz to contemporary music.

The weekend will see a restoration show with costumed figures from the reign of Charles II in 1660.

n To buy tickets, go to www.cvhf.org.uk where the full program of events is available. Please contact the box office with any questions at tickets@cvhf.org.uk or 01722 781133. The festival site is at Broad Chalke, near Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5DP.

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