Princess Beatrice is focusing on the silver linings of lockdown.
In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard for World Book Day, HRH shared that reading stories has been the best form of adventure from the safety of her home.
“As you might already know I have dyslexia and as such reading has never been my strongest talent, however, having a little more time to take a moment to really get into stories has been a gift I am happy to have shared with lockdown life,” the newlywed shared.
“This year, I had the great honour to become a stepmother, and have had the most remarkable time going back over some of my most favourite stories at bedtime,” she shared. “Together, we had such a special time reading through all the entries for Oscars Book Prize 2020.”
The young royal added that the winning book was Tad by Benji Davies, a touching tale of resilience told through the adventures of a tadpole who was one of the smallest, but bravest in the pond.
“For me, stories shared together during this challenging time have been a great lesson,” Beatrice said. “Reflecting on those seemingly small moments when you are laughing at a character or a very clever illustration remind us that even when things feel uncertain there is always an adventure to be had on the next page. My inspiration and love of reading has stemmed from an early age, my mother being a children’s author instigated my love of reading and stories.”
Like so many children around the world, Wolfie has been homeschooling.
“Helping him to engage with stories is a great journey to inspire imagination, creativity, independence and humour,” she said. “We have all had to learn new ways to cope with the strangest of times. For our family, reading stories has been a great part of our journey to finding laughter and a little magic on the journey.”