The Duchess of Cornwall records video from the Queen's childhood Wendy house

Francesca Rice
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The Duchess of Cornwall has shared a video message recorded from a very special location, the charming wooden Wendy house that was built for her mother-in-law, the Queen, and the late Princess Margaret to enjoy as children.

The wooden Wendy House, which boasts a classic thatched roof, was originally created back in 1935 for the then Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister in the royal family's Birkhall estate in Scotland, where Prince Charles and Camilla have been living during lockdown.

Camilla shared the the lovely recording to mark the 10th birthday of Chris Evans' children's writing competition 500 Words on Friday (12 June). Her words were shared live on Zoe Balls' BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, while the clip was also posted on the radio station's official Twitter account.

"Good morning everyone, and a very happy tenth birthday to 500 Words!" she said. "Just like many of you this year, 500 Words is having to settle for a virtual birthday party, rather than the one we had planned.

"I was really looking forward to meeting the finalists at Buckingham Palace today. But, thankfully, technology has brought us together across the airwaves – and we will still celebrate as hard as we can."

Camilla went on to acknowledge how "difficult" lockdown has been. "But just before we get to celebrating, I want to say something a bit serious," she said. "The last few months have been very difficult, confusing and worrying for lots of you.

"Thank you for staying at home, being kind to others, and cheering up your family and friends whenever you could. You've been brilliant. And so I want to tell you that Zoe, Chris and I have put our thinking caps on. And the three of us are hoping to plan a giant 500 Words party for when parties are allowed again."

The Duchess then went on to joke that she was the competition's "rather ancient Fairy Godmother".

Congratulating Chris Evans on his achievement with 500 Words, Camilla added: "I'd really like to pat you on the back in person, but as I can't, may I ask whoever's closest to Christ right now, to give him a hearty thwack please.

Photo credit: BBC Radio 2

Thanking the children who entered this year, she added: "Each one of you has brought enthusiasm, originality, and a passion for words to this competition. You have made us laugh, you have made us cry and you have made us hope. Keep safe and well. Always keep reading and keep writing."

Camilla then ended her message with a surprise, revealed that her own speech had paid tribute to the competition. "And that, everyone, is exactly five hundred words," she said.

The 500 Words competition launched back in 2010, with Camilla acting as an honorary judge since 2015.

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