Princess Beatrice shares a story from her cosy home, as she joins Lorraine Kelly for book prize

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Princess Beatrice gave a glimpse into her stylishly cosy home as she joined Lorraine Kelly and Angellica Bell in a reading of an award winning children's book.

Beatrice, 32, sat on the floor by her reading nook with a padded seat and cosy blue cushions.

She was reading from The Littlest Yak ,on behalf of Oscar's Book Prize, of which she is patron.

The prize was set up in memory of Oscar Ashton who died in December 2012 aged three. He had an undiagnosed heart condition.

Beatrice joined with Lorraine Kelly and Angellica Bell for the reading. (Oscar's Book Prize)
Beatrice joined with Lorraine Kelly and Angellica Bell for the reading. (Oscar's Book Prize)

The book, by Kate Hindley and Lu Fraser, follows the tale of a yak determined to grow up, who discovers his small size can be very helpful too.

Beatrice, who is now stepmother to Wolfie, the son of her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, could be inspired by her mother Sarah Ferguson, who has been reading a children's book every day on her YouTube channel.

Speaking about the book, Beatrice said: "This is a beautiful book, and the winners should be so proud of everything they’ve achieved in pulling together this beautiful story."

Earlier this year, Beatrice wrote about sharing a love of reading with her stepson.

In a blog for the same charity, she said: "I had the great honour to become a stepmother and have had the most remarkable time going back over some of my most favourite stories at bedtime.

"For me, stories shared together during this challenging time have been a great lesson.

"Reflecting on those seemingly small moments when you are laughing at a character or a very clever illustration reminds us that even when things feel uncertain there is always an adventure to be had on the next page. My inspiration and love of reading has stemmed from an early age, my mother being a children’s author instigated my love of reading and stories."

As well as the royal, Kelly and Bell read sections of the book in a video released by the charity.

Beatrice joined Angellica Bell and Lorraine Kelly for the reading. (Oscar's Book Prize)
Beatrice joined Angellica Bell and Lorraine Kelly for the reading. (Oscar's Book Prize)

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Lorraine Kelly said: "Despite some incredible competition, this heart-warming book grabbed me right from the first page. Featuring a wonderful, relatable character, the story is told beautifully through clever, zippy rhymes and gorgeous illustrations. 

"There's so much to talk about with its lovely message too - realising that however much we might wish to change something about ourselves, actually everyone is perfect, just as they are."

Angellica Bell said: "This is such a cute story about wanting to quickly grow up to be an adult, something I used to dream about when I was a child - and with hindsight it's about enjoying the moment and not wishing time away! 

"But the real message I took away from this book is the lesson that we are all perfect just the way we are in our own individual ways!"

Lorraine Kelly, Axel Schaffer and Angellica Bell also featured on the video. (Oscar's Book Prize)
Lorraine Kelly, Axel Schaffer and Angellica Bell also featured on the video. (Oscar's Book Prize)

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The Queen's granddaughter, Beatrice, who does not carry out royal duties, has been patron of the prize since 2017.

Two years before her appointment as patron, the winner of the prize was The Queen's Hat - a story about the Queen's hat being chased around London after it was blown off.

Beatrice was most recently seen at a royal event at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April, after other members of her family had shared personal memories of Prince Philip. 

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