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Duchess Of Cornwall meets Geri Horner and Alexandra Burke at Commonwealth Essay Competition

The Duchess Of Cornwall appeared in high spirits as she met with Alexadra Bruke and Geri Horner to host a reception for the winners of the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition today. 

Celebrating the world's oldest international writing competition for schools, the Duchess stepped out at St James' Palace in London to award winners and runners up with their certificates. 

Camilla, 74, cut an elegant figure in navy suit and warmly greeted 49-year-old Spice Girl Geri Horner, who looked stunning in a long-sleeved white silk dress, decorated with silver embellishes and button detailing. 

In October 2019, the singer attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace before being named an inaugural for the Royal Commonwealth Society. She also attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March last year. 

The Duchess Of Cornwall appeared in high spirits as she hosted a reception for the winners of the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition today

Camilla, 74, cut an elegant figure in navy suit and warmly greeted 49-year-old singer Geri Horner, who looked stunning in a long-sleeved white silk dress

The popstar has a long history of meeting the royal family.

Geri's 'cheeky' first meeting with Prince Charles in May 1997 became one of the most famous moments in pop culture history when she reportedly pinched his bottom during an event in Manchester. 

The following year, after Geri sensationally quit the group, Charles reportedly wrote to her expressing his sadness at her departure. 

'The group will not be the same without you', he was said to have written. 'What will I do without your wonderfully friendly greeting?' 

The singer has since become an ambassador of The Prince's Trust and the pair most recently caught up at the Savoy Hotel in February 2019 for a charity event. 

Geri, who made a speech at the event, teamed her vintage look with an elegant pearl necklace and killer suede heels while wearing her red dresses in a loose blow dry around her shoulders.

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition was founded in 1883 and other Royal Commonwealth Society ambassadors at the event included Alexandra Burke

Back in October 2019, the former Spice Girl, pictured greeting Camilla today, attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace before being named an inaugural for the Royal Commonwealth Society 

Geri's dress was decorated with silver embellishes and button detailing and she teamed her vintage look with an elegant pearl necklace and killer suede heels while wearing her red dresses in a loose blow dry around her shoulders.

Celebrating the world's oldest international writing competition for schools, the Duchess stepped out at St James' Palace to award winners and runners up with their certificates

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition was founded in 1883 and other Royal Commonwealth Society ambassadors at the event included Alexandra Burke, Gyles Brandreth and actor Femi Elufowoju Jr.

Each year, aspiring young writers are asked to submit their pieces in response to a theme. Recent themes have included Climate Action in the Commonwealth last year and A Connected Commonwealth in 2019. 

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, 33, donned a monochrome suit with a simple black clutch bag as she greeted the Duchess at the event this afternoon. 

A record-breaking 25,648 children entered the competition in 2021 from every Commonwealth region with the competition theme being Community in the Commonwealth.   

Camilla addressed the young writers at the event, who were tasked with submitting their pieces in response to the theme 'Community in the Commonwealth'

Camilla, who has already championed the cause of literacy, is seen giving a speech as she awarded the winners of this year's Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

L-R; RCS Ambassador, Gyles Brandreth, Mei Fong, Chair of the RCS, Linda Yueh, Junior Runner-up, Raisa Gulati, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Femi Elufowoju Jr, Senior Winner, Kayla Bosire, Geri Horner, Dame Susan Hill and Senior Runner-up, Aditi Nair

Former Spice Girl Geri, who is an ambassador of The Prince of Wales' charity The Prince's Trust, gave a speech at the event 

Former MP and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth appeared in good spirits as he addressed the audience at the event today 

The Duchess of Cornwall meets Senior Runner-up, Aditi Nair during a reception for winners of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition today

The theme for the 2021 competition was 'Community in the Commonwealth' and other RCS ambassadors included David Walliams, Lewis Pugh, Stephen Fry, and Bollywood actress, Kareena Kapoor.

Journalist Mei Fong, broadcaster Gyles, chair of the RCS, Linda Yueh and competition judge Femi all made a speeches at the event. 

The junior runner-up of the competition was was Raisa Gulati while the senior runner-up was Aditi Nair and the senior winner was Kayla Bosire. 

Earlier this year Camilla, who has already championed the cause of literacy, launched an online book club aiming to be a 'celebration of literature' and, she hopes, a hub for literary communities around the world.

Ambassador to the RCS, Alexandra is seen posing with Camilla and 2020 winner Cassandra Nguyen

Senior winner Kayla Bosire (left) and senior runner-up, Aditi Nair (right) are presented with their certificates at the event this afternoon

The Duchess of Cornwall presents junior runner-up, Raisa Gulati with a certificate during the reception for winners

Camilla appeared in good spirits as she chatted with guests at the reception held for winners of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay competition 2021 this afternoon

Camilla is seen presenting the Junior Winner from 2020, Cassandra Nguyen, with a pen during the reception for winners

The Duchess of Cornwall is pictured meeting junior runner-up, Raisa Gulati at the reception this afternoon

She has previously highlighted favourite books by authors including William Boyd, Charles Dickens, Susan Hill and Philip Pullman.

Camilla was inspired to set up the free initiative as a result of the phenomenal response to two suggested reading lists she published during lockdown.

The Duke of Edinburgh, an avid reader, was the proud patron of Booktrust, the UK's largest children reading charity, for several years before passing the role on to Camilla in 2011.