Queen Camilla is launching a literary festival at Hampton Court Palace

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Queen Camilla launches literary festivalChris Jackson - Getty Images

The Queen Consort has announced a new UK literary festival which will take place at Hampton Court Palace.

Queen Camilla is launching the The Queen's Reading Room Festival this June, which will see a range of events and special speakers come together. Headliners include the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Giles Brandreth and David Olusoga.

"Visitors can explore the Palace on literary themed tours and tread the floors where Shakespeare once performed with his King’s Men; wander the sumptuous gardens bursting with life in summer; listen to poetry read by some of our country’s finest actors, and of course enjoy shows from our headliners," The Queen's Reading Room explains on its website.

The event was announced with a special video narrated by Dame Judi Dench, which was shared across social media.

The Queen's Reading Room began as a book club, sharing reading recommendations from Queen Camilla, when she was Duchess of Cornwall.

Last week, it was announced that the initiative had become a charity which "will work to provide opportunities for the appreciation of literature among adults and children in the UK and around the world, closing the gap between writers and readers through accessible, educational and free literary content available year-round," according to an announcement on the charity's social media accounts.

Tickets for The Queen's Reading Room Festival will be released in early March along with a full programme of events. You can sign up to a newsletter from the charity to receive further news and pre-sale information.

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