To me reading is a great adventure, I have loved it since I was very small and I would love everybody else to enjoy it as much as I do. You can escape, and you can travel, and you can laugh and you can cry. Every type of emotion which humans experience is in a book.
~ Her Majesty Queen Camilla
The Queen’s Reading Room is the charity working to celebrate and promote the power and benefits of reading and is on a mission to help more people find and connect with books which enrich their lives.
The Queen’s Reading Room launched as an online book club on Instagram in January 2021 with reading recommendations from Her Majesty Queen Camilla, then Duchess of Cornwall, before becoming a charity in February 2023.
We began our book club with Charlie Mackesy and his wonderfully illustrated The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Since then, there have been twelve complete series with four widely different but equally compelling books chosen by Her Majesty, featuring in each series. The selected books vary across the genres and include classics as well as newly published books. All books featured on The Queen’s Reading Room have been chosen for their educative, literary or historic merit.
With each recommendation, we talk to the authors to learn how they crafted their book, explore their archives, learn from academics and experts and bring the books to life with readings from well-known actors. Our goal is to close the gap between reader and writer, enriching the reading experience.
In February 2023, we became a charity, on a mission to champion literature in the UK and beyond.
On this website, you can find all of Queen Camilla’s recommendations and those of guest curators, or scroll through by series or search for individual books. Whatever your reading taste, we hope you enjoy being part of our book club. Join our reading community by signing up for the monthly newsletter for all the latest news from The Queen’s Reading Room, or head over to Instagram to read along with us and for daily, free literary content.
At a glance
Our charitable objectives as registered with the charity commission, are to advance education for the public benefit by:
promoting the joy of reading, including the promotion of the works of writers, to adults and children throughout the world
collaborating with and supporting other literacy charities