Camilla takes her sister to the Booker Awards and meets Dua Lipa

Queen Consort and her sister are having a night out together at the Booker Prize.

American patriot Camilla arrived at the Roundhouse in London with Annabel Elliot, and one of the first people she met was Dua Lipa, who will be giving a speech at the event.

During her conversation with Camilla, the New Rules singer seemed to say “no singing tonight”.


The Queen Consort and her sister Annabel Elliot with Mark Damazer, Booker Prize board chair (Toby Melville/PA)

Camilla, wearing a black lace cocktail dress by Fiona Clare and diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels, met the shortlisted authors and will present the winners later in the complete Booker Prize ceremony. First full live since 2019.

Eve Smith, secretary of the Booker Prize Foundation, said Camilla enjoyed the event and cares about the authors.

Speaking in the dimly lit beverage reception area, Ms Smith said that as it was the first in-person ceremony since the pandemic hit, people could expect it to be “reimagined” and “something that’s new”.

She said: “It’s great to have the Queen here because she really cares about the authors, and even if she couldn’t come years ago, she always makes sure she sees them. , whether it’s at St James’s Palace.

“And so when we found out that she was coming – we assumed she wouldn’t, just, you know, when the Queen died and she became the Queen consort, we I suppose this might be something she has to let go of, but no, here she is, great.

“She likes it here. I think it’s one of those things where, although there’s obviously form around it, there’s also a level of friendliness that she really appreciates. “


Camilla with Dua Lipa (Toby Melville / PA)

One of the shortlisted authors to meet the Queen is Sri Lankan Shehan Karunatilaka, whose book is called Maali Almeida’s Seven Moons.

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“Obviously she started my book,” he said.

Karunatilaka said his country was struggling economically and the news he was shortlisted had “cleared everything up”.

“I thought it was a good book,” he said. I did my best, but I put it out there and moved on.

“But now it means it’s being reviewed, it’s being talked about, it’s selling copies. Yes, that’s great, but you don’t expect it when you’re done with it.

“But it’s certainly a boost, no matter what happens tonight.”

Karunatilaka said Camilla discussed Sri Lanka with him and he told her where he was when he received word that he had been shortlisted.


The Queen Consort Talks to Author Shehan Karunatilaka (Toby Melville/PA)

He said his wife had to wait in line for gasoline for four days while he took the children to school.

“And yes, that’s when I got the text,” he said, adding that his wife had already filled up a full tank of gas.

“And that night, a friend came and said, “Well, congratulations, full tank of gas. By the way, well done on Booker’.

“And he was only half joking,” he said.

Percival Everett, shortlisted author of The Trees, said it was “great news” to find out he was on the shortlist.

“First of all, I thought my publisher was kidding me,” he said.

Everett said he’d read the other books on the shortlist and described them as “amazing,” adding that if he were to pick a winner, he’d pick “any of the others.”

Other fiction shortlisted this year are NoViolet Bulawayo’s Glory, Alan Garner’s Treacle Walker, Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These, and Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout.

Camilla’s Instagram-based The Reading Room book club has grown in popularity, and she holds more than six literary-related patronages, including the National Literacy Trust. Camilla takes her sister to the Booker Awards and meets Dua Lipa

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