Tom Hiddleston, Warwick Davies & Julie Walters join Camilla at The Globe for 500Words competition

It was a star-studded affair at The Globe Theatre in London on Friday, as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall awarded the winners of BBC Radio 2’s #500words children’s writing competition.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with the winners and judges of the final of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words creative writing competition at Shakespeare's Globe theatre. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with the winners and judges of the final of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words creative writing competition at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

Broadcast live by the station’s Chris Evans, the six finalist’s entries were read aloud of Tom Hiddleston, Julie Walters, Warwick Davis and Nick Jonas. The Duchess of Cornwall only met with Hiddleston a few weeks ago, as they were whittling down entries for the final.

Camilla joined Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce on the panel to judge the 123,000 entries for the sixth year of the competition, including one touching piece about dementia.

Actor Hiddleston gave the audience a rendition of his first acting role in Toad of Toad Hall, and One Republic performed too.

Ned Marshall, 12, won with his story ‘’, where a court case is executed in the style of a Twitter exchange. Runner-up,  Clara Cowan, wrote about her grandmother’s dementia in ‘The Sands of Time’.

Camilla described this year’s entries as ‘brilliant’, adding: “It has been an almost impossible task to decide on the winners. The quality of what we read was just breathtaking. It sent shivers down your spine to read such brilliant stories coming from the minds of such young children.”

“I must say, I thought St. James’s Palace was quite special,” the Duchess continued, “but being here in the Globe Theatre in William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year is even better.”

“Once again, the children of the UK have proved that they are amazing wordsmiths,” Chris Evans said in the apt arena of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. “It’s been such a treat to hear the finalists’ stories bought to life at the final by our very special guest narrators.

“Keep those imaginations flowing – I absolutely cannot wait for next year!”

It was the Duchess’ job to hand out the medals to the winners, which were announced by Evans. They are as follows (links take you to the BBC to read the entries):

10-13 year olds:

5-9 year olds:

After the show, a small reception was held, where the Duchess and the guests enjoyed tea together.

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