Camilla wows children with Gruffalo drawing when visiting Hamburg school
The Queen Consort wowed schoolchildren with her artistic skills this afternoon as she immersed herself in a drawing.
The 75-year-old king, together with the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, read passages from the iconic book to the students at the Rudolf Ross School in Hamburg.
The visit was one of King Charles and Camilla’s final engagements on their three-day tour of Germany.
After reading excerpts from the best-selling children’s book, first published in 1999, the Queen Consort was invited to join the students in drawing the iconic child character.
Camilla was pictured studying the illustrations in the book in detail before then sketching the main character on a plain piece of paper.
The Queen Consort, 75, pictured reading from the Gruffalo to students at the Rudolf Ross School in Hamburg this afternoon
Using just a pencil, the king expertly recreated the Grufallo’s shaggy coat and rounded shape.
Pleased with her handiwork, the Queen Consort signed the drawing “Camilla R” and left it to the class to commemorate the visit.
During the engagement, Camilla was asked by the kids if she spoke German – to which she jokingly replied “no”.
When asked about her favorite activities, Camilla revealed that she enjoys gardening, reading and swimming in the sea.
Speaking of her hobbies, Camilla said: “I used to have horses that I rode, but unfortunately I don’t ride anymore.
“I think I’m too old, but I have racehorses. Last night I watched the birth of one of the foals on my screen, which was very exciting.”
Scheffler said: “It is extremely important for children to read and draw as one in five children in the UK does not have a single book.
“Some kids can’t even read or write, and that’s a big problem.
After reading excerpts from the book, the Queen Consort was commissioned to draw the main character
Using just a pencil, the king expertly recreated the Grufallo’s shaggy coat and rounded shape. She then autographed the drawing “Camilla R”.
“The Queen Consort is very involved in changing that.”
Earlier in the day, Camilla laid a single white rose at the Kindertranporte memorial – honoring the rescue mission in 1938 that allowed 10,000 child refugees from Nazi Germany to enter Britain.
The Queen looked thoughtful as she placed the flower on the “Final Parting” bronze sculpture, which was first installed in 2015.
The memorial depicts two groups of children – those in lighter brown, representing the children who were evacuated to a new life abroad, while those in darker color represent the thousands of children transported by train to concentration camps.
The Queen Consort happily posed for photos with their drawing after the challenge was completed
Camilla, Queen Consort and Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of the children’s book The Gruffalo, pictured at the Rudolf Ross School in Hamburg
The two visitors sat in a circle with school children to tell stories this afternoon
Designed by Frank Meisler, it is one of five installations of this type across Europe, one of which is at Liverpool Street Station in London.
However, this isn’t the first time Camilla has been involved in artwork with school kids.
In 2014, the then-Duchess of Cornwall proved that she can also rattle off a passable cartoon when the occasion calls for it while visiting the Exeter Library in Devon.
During the opening of a new facility and the promotion of the Summer Reading Challenge, the King was asked to do pen to paper in front of a group of school children
The youngsters at St Leonard’s Primary School had themselves collaborated with award-winning illustrator Sarah McIntyre to create their own imaginary ‘mythical monsters’.
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