Camilla is the star of the show as the Queen takes center stage in a Jane Austen parody at Her Majesty’s Inaugural Literary Festival
- Comedy troupe Austentatious dons period costumes to improvise a play
- It will be based on a fictional Austen title that Camilla came up with for her festival
The Queen has inspired a Jane Austen parody for her first literary festival.
Comedy troupe Austentatious will don period costume to improvise a play based on a fictional Austen title created by Camilla as the centerpiece of next month’s Queen’s Reading Room Festival at Hampton Court Palace.
The organizers promise the event will be ‘a literary festival like no other’ – breaking with the stuffy convention of ‘authors plugging in their own books’. The Queen has rolled up her sleeves in organizing the one-day extravaganza on June 11.
The festival will also honor the life and work of Wolf Hall novelist Dame Hilary Mantel, despite the late author’s controversial relationship with the royal family.
The piece will be the centerpiece of the Queen’s Reading Room Festival at Hampton Court Palace next month. Pictured: Queen Camilla speaks to pupils as she launches the ‘Coronation Libraries’ initiative at Shirehampton Primary School in Bristol on 18 May 2023
In a 2013 speech, described by critics as “poisonous,” Dame Hilary referred to the Princess of Wales, then the Duchess of Cambridge, as being “designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the linchpin of her limbs turned by hand and glossy varnished’.
Dame Hilary’s ‘life and legacy’ is celebrated in a special event featuring actors Ben Miles and Dame Harriet Walter and authors Philippa Gregory and Kamila Shamsie
It is hoped that the festival will become one of Camilla’s legacy projects by inspiring more people to start reading.
Vikki Perrin, managing director of the Queen’s Reading Room, said: “The Queen is so passionate about books and sharing reading advice,” adding that whenever she went to visit her, she was “sitting in an armchair, literally surrounded by books.”
Comedy troupe Austentatious (pictured 2019) don period costume to improvise a play based on a fictional Austen title created by Camilla
“We hope this is the start of something very special that will grow, rather than something one-off.”
One of the King’s favorite writers, Robert Harris, is also taking part.
The Queen launched The Reading Room, which recommends four books four times a year, on Instagram in January 2021.