Booker Prize returns in-person with Camilla to present 2022 award

The Queen Consort will present the 2022 Booker Prize at a ceremony in north London tonight.

Uckingham Palace announced last Tuesday that Camilla would present the award after a reception and dinner at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm.

It is the first fully in-person Booker Prize ceremony since 2019.

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Camilla opened a new school library in July this year in her role as Patron of the National Literacy Trust (Finbarr Webster/PA).

Upon arrival, the Queen Consort will be greeted by Roxane Zand, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, who will then introduce her to Mark Damazer, Chair of the Booker Prize Trustees, and Truda Spruyt, Managing Director of Four Communications, which organizes the event.

Camilla will then attend a reception and dinner where she will meet the shortlisted writers, judges and cast, including Dua Lipa, who will deliver a speech.

After dinner, the Queen Consort is invited onto the stage to present the Booker Prize to the winning author.

This year Camilla will present the award for the seventh time.

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Camilla presents Eleanor Catton, center, with the Man Booker Prize for her book The Luminaries in 2013 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

She has presented the award to Eleanor Catton, Richard Flanagan, Marlon James, Paul Beatty, George Saunders and Anna Burns in consecutive years from 2013 to 2018.

Camilla has long been a supporter of literacy in the UK and has visited schools and libraries, workplace reading programs and prisons to see the work of adult literacy programmes.

She also released a list of her nine favorite book recommendations over Easter weekend during lockdown in 2020, followed by five more in August.

Following the positive response to her book recommendations, Camilla launched The Reading Room Instagram account in January 2021 as an online community space for book lovers.

The Booker Prize is the leading literary prize in the English-speaking world.

This year’s five nominated novels are Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo, The Trees by Percival Everett, Treacle Walker by Alan Garner, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka, Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan and Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout.

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