Camilla, Duchess of Cornwell, Is Now the Patron of Guide Support Worldwide

Taking over the patronage held by the late Duke of Edinburgh, Camilla now advocates for Guide Support Worldwide’s work of offering entry to books.

The Duchess of Cornwall in Banjul, Gambia, opening a library at St. Joseph’s Faculty. Picture: Guide Support Worldwide

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Camilla Opened a Guide Support Library in Gambia

The United Kingdom-based charity Guide Support Worldwide is well-known to readers of Publishing Views for its provision of some 1 million or extra books to underserved and struggling communities, usually in fairly distant elements of the world.

The charity depends not solely on financial donations but in addition on contributions from publishers of the brand new books—not used books or previous editions—that are shipped to their beneficiaries.

In the present day (Might 13), the group has introduced that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has turn into the charity’s new royal patron.

Though a few of our worldwide subscribers could not have been conscious of this, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was Guide Support’s earlier patron from 1966 till his loss of life on April 9 at age 99.

Camilla’s curiosity in literature and literacy has been evident in her occasional appearances with the Booker Basis’s prize packages.

We’re now instructed by Guide Support chief Alison Tweed’s employees that Camilla first noticed the work of Guide Support Worldwide within the subject on a go to to Gambia in 2018.

On that journey, she opened a brand new library at St. Joseph’s Faculty in Banjul, the varsity being one of many services supported by Guide Support.

Prochaska: ‘Entry to Books The place It is Wanted Most’

Camilla talks with college students and academics at St. Joseph’s Faculty in Gambia at Banjul, 2018. Picture: Guide Support Worldwide

For immediately’s announcement of Camilla’s patronage, Alice Prochaska, Guide Support Worldwide’s chair, is quoted, saying, “Guide Support Worldwide has at all times labored with its companions to create entry to books the place it is wanted most—and with these books comes the prospect for studying and literacy to flourish.

“We have up to date our technique to commit much more strongly to this basic mission and are dedicated to sharing the ability of books with the folks most in want world wide—particularly ladies and ladies, and other people fleeing battle.

“Her royal highness is a strong advocate for the significance of books for everybody. It is particularly significant and a really nice honor that she has turn into our patron as we begin this new chapter in our story.”

Throughout his decades-long patronage of Guide Support, Philip visited Guide Support’s warehouse and engaged in different occasions produced by and for the charity.

In his recollections of this immediately, Guide Support’s vice-chair Lord Paul Baoteng has mentioned, “I noticed the influence at first hand of his royal Highness Prince Philip’s patronage on Guide Support Worldwide and its work, and I am glad that our proud historical past of royal patronage will now proceed.

“We’re grateful and honored by her royal highness the Duchess of Cornwall’s help and vastly appreciative of her personal work in furthering the love of books and writing within the Commonwealth and past.”

Guide Support is having a giant 12 months, having not too long ago been within the information for its function in getting the rebuilt College of Mosul library open in Iraq in February, a restoration mission of the UN Improvement Fund with help from Germany’s KFW Improvement Financial institution.


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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Traits Analysis & Advisory, and he has been named Worldwide Commerce Press Journalist of the 12 months in London Guide Honest’s Worldwide Excellence Awards. He’s Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Views. He previously was Affiliate Editor for The FutureBook at London’s The Bookseller. Anderson was for greater than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN Worldwide, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Nationwide Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Occasions Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Occasions. He co-founded The Scorching Sheet, a e-newsletter for authors, which now could be owned and operated by Jane Friedman.