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Duchess of Cornwall shares 'beautiful tribute' to 'great fellow reader' Prince Philip

The Duchess of Cornwall has shared a touching dedication to her late father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh following his funeral on Saturday. 

Having launched her very own online book club at the start of this year, Camilla, 73, dedicated its second season in memory of 'great fellow reader' Prince Philip, who died on April 9, aged 99 at Windsor Castle.

On Instagram today, the duchess revealed the second four personal picks for her Reading Room - ranging from fantasy novels to romantic tales. 

She shared the titles alongside a special message, in which she dedicated the second season of her project to Prince Philip.

The duchess wrote: 'As Patron of Booktrust, which I inherited from my late father-in-law His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, I would like to dedicate the next series of my Reading Room to him, in memory of a great fellow reader..... C.'

The Duchess of Cornwall has shared a touching dedication (pictured) to her late father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh following his funeral on Saturday

Having launched her very own online book club at the start of this year, Camilla, 73, dedicated its second season in memory of 'great fellow reader' Prince Philip (pictured together, alongside Prince Charles)

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. 

Camilla's Instagram followers appeared touched by her gesture, with one commenting: 'Beautiful tribute, looking forward to reading this selection,' while another wrote: 'Love this. The Duke would be so proud.' 

The duchess, who has attracted more than 100,000 literary enthusiasts to her Instagram site, launched the second season with The Book of Dust Volume 2: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman, Girl by Edna O'Brien, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. 

From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - which was adapted into a BBC series and based on the notion of parallel worlds - The Book of Dust Volume 2: The Secret Commonwealth continues to follow the adventures Lyra Silvertongue.

By contrast, A Gentleman in Moscow is set in the Russian city's Metropol Hotel, where the dashing Count Rostov is condemned to lifelong house arrest in 1922.  

On Instagram today, the duchess revealed the second four personal picks (pictured) for her Reading Room - ranging from fantasy novels to romantic tales

Reaction: Camilla's Instagram followers appeared touched by her gesture, with one commenting: 'Beautiful tribute, looking forward to reading this selection'

Elsewhere, The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain is a romantic tale set in Paris and sees bookseller Laurent discover a notebook containing offbeat thoughts, which capture his imagination, before he sets out to find the owner.  

Lastly, Edna O’Brien's Girl is a harrowing portrayal of a young woman abducted by Nigerian terrorists.  

The second series of her Ready Room was meant to start on April 15 but was postponed until today following the Duke of Edinburgh's passing.   

The second series of her Ready Room was meant to start on April 15 but was postponed (above) until today following the Duke of Edinburgh's passing

A statement read: 'The start of Season Two of The Reading Room has been postponed until after the funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and will begin again on Monday 19th April.'

Camilla was inspired to set up her free initiative as a result of the phenomenal response to two suggested reading lists she published during the first lockdown, as well as research which showed that book sales soared by 400 per cent.

The duchess and her team decided to set up a more permanent platform to celebrate and explore literature from around the world - @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom.

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