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The Duchess of Cornwall and David Walliams encourage young writers

The Duchess of Cornwall has teamed up with David Walliams to encourage young writers to have their say in global issues. The Duchess was seen enjoying a video call with David Walliams in a post shared by the Clarence House Instagram page in which they discuss The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020.

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is a chance for young Commonwealth citizens to share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences on key global issues as well as see their work celebrated internationally. Each year, young writers are asked to submit their responses to a different theme. In 2019 the theme was A Connected Commonwealth while in 2018 the subject was Towards a Common Future. Whatever the theme, Commonwealth values will be rooted within it and will allow young people to explore their own connection to the Commonwealth.

This year’s theme is ‘Climate Action and the Commonwealth.

The post shared on Instagram said, “As Vice-Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society, The Duchess of Cornwall launched this year’s competition in New Zealand last November. The 2020 theme ‘Climate Action and the Commonwealth’ was chosen to draw upon increasing youth movement across the Commonwealth and the ongoing climate crisis.”

As well as being an actor and a Britain’s Got Talent judge, David Walliams is also a very successful children’s author, recently celebrating a record-breaking 100 weeks in the Children’s Book Charts. Some of his titles include Gangsta Granny and The Beast of Buckingham Palace.

Entries for the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition will be accepted until 5pm on 30th June 2020. You can enter here.


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