Greeting guests in the castle’s Grand Waterloo Chamber, the duchess spoke of the "incredible imagination and talent" of the entrants and said that, as a member of the judging panel she had found it "a virtually impossible task" to choose the winners."Most of all, thank you to all of you young wordsmiths, who have shown us how awesome the English language is today."From earlier this morning - Here is our Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall on the power of storytelling.#500Words pic.twitter.com/Ikfvpdd OOl— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) June 14, 2019 Chatting on stage with presenter Zoe Ball and chair of the judging panel Chris Evans, Camilla also admitted that she particularly favored a story about twins as she has twin grandsons. I put a tick next to that," said the duchess, who has five grandchildren including twins Louis and Gus.Harrison Jones also shared what it was like meeting Camilla.
Meet some of our judges and find out why they like being involved.
Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class.
We love reading the funny, exciting and creative stories that kids from the ages of 5-13 have written.
This year's exciting live final will be at Hampton Court Palace - you can listen to the whole show on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show from 6.30am.
Entrants were also preoccupied with portals, with a lot of protagonists being sucked into games, mirrors and computers to discover new worlds..." Over 100,000 children take part in the competition each year, and all of the stories are first read by brilliant teachers and librarians.
Then, the team at The Reading Agency read over 5,000 of the top stories and help the decide which will go through to the final.
Camilla was joined by well-known figures including actor Hugh Bonneville and television personality David Walliams who read out the bronze, silver, and gold-winning stories for each of the two age groups.
BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words asks children aged 5-13 to put pen to paper and compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words.
Recycling, natural disasters and, slightly alarmingly, the end of the world loomed large over the entries.
Unsurprisingly, the animal kingdom also remained a popular trope, with dogs, cats, birds (especially seagulls) and wolves popping up again and again.