The Duchess of Cornwall joined Elmer the Elephant for a new reading project around conservation

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Photo credit: HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY - Getty Images
Photo credit: HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY - Getty Images

The Duchess of Cornwall joined storybook character Elmer the Elephant to read to local school children and launch a new conservation project.

Camilla was supporting the Elephant Story Trail with the National Literacy Trust, to encourage reading and awareness of elephant conservation. The Duchess read to the children from the Elmer story book, surrounded by life-sized elephant installations at the London park.

The Clarence House Instagram page (the official social media account for Prince Charles and Camilla) shared photographs of the Duchess reading to and meeting the children. There was also a video of Elmer joining the group, much to the delight of the school children.

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A message alongside the post explained that the Duchess “joined Elmer the Elephant and her friends from @ElephantFamily in St James’s Park to host a special storytime for local school children, as @Literacy_Trust’s Elephant Story Trail is launched.”

Children are encouraged to “follow the migrating elephant herds through Green Park to St James’s Park,” and “complete the National Literacy Trust’s reading challenges along the way.”

Camilla is a fitting choice for the project as she has previously expressed her own lifelong love of reading and runs her book club, The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room.

Many members of the public left messages on the social media post praising the Duchesses work. One described her as “an absolute marvel, she supports so many good causes and loves reading. An incredible gem in the Crown..”

Others expressed their joy at seeing the much-loved character Elmer saying, “we loved that book when my kids were smaller,” and “one of my favourite books!”

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