Camilla, who loves reading to her grandchildren, helped boost her campaign for greater literacy among prisoners

By Simon Perry
Updated February 04, 2016 10:40 AM
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall went to prison Thursday – for a good cause!

The royal visited Brixton prison in South London as part of her ongoing campaign to foster increased literacy, and to highlight a reading program that helps inmates improve their literacy skills, thereby aiding their rehabilitation. She also revealed a few of her own reading habits.

Camilla, 68, who is patron of the National Literacy Trust, joined a “Books Unlocked” reading club at the prison in Brixton. The inmates were discussing the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted book, Pigeon English, with author Stephen Kelman.

The visit comes after a busy day out in Peterborough on Wednesday when she attended an event to promote the connection between eye health and children’s literacy.

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Camilla regularly reads to her grandchildren. She has five grandchildren between her son Tom and daughter Laura, as well as Prince George, 2, and 9-month-old Princesss Charlotte.

During her visit to Brixton prison, she revealed that she found she was only able to really relax and enjoy a book when she heads to Scotland on a break. She and husband Prince Charles have a home, Birkhall, on Queen Elizabeth s Balmoral estate.

Speaking on prison radio, Camilla said she usually reads a few pages at night then falls asleep. “I really only get time when we are away in Scotland.”

And she highlighted a recent favorite. “I’ve just read an interesting book called Anatomy of Soldier about a soldier who returns from Afghanistan who had lost both his legs. It’s quite harrowing, she revealed.

“It was great that she came to check out the prison and the rehabilitation programs here,” Ensley, the 38-year-old inmate who conducted the interview, said afterwards.

The head of the National Literacy Trust told PEOPLE, “Her motivation comes from the fact she’s a grandmother and mother and can relate to the needs of children and parents.

“Her passion comes from enjoying books with her grandchildren and children.”