Camilla jokes about stealing the Crown Jewels on World Book Day

The Duchess of Cornwall has joked about how she becomes a Gangsta Granny who plots to steal the Crown Jewels.

Camilla was visiting Bousfield Primary School in London on World Book Day as she shared her love of reading with pupils.

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The Duchess of Cornwall speaking during a visit to Bousfield Primary School in London to celebrate World Book Day (Philip Toscano/PA)

Referencing David Walliams’ popular comedy fiction novel for children Gangsta Granny, the duchess said: “Books can take you anywhere – a bit like stepping into your very own Tardis.

“You can play Quidditch with Harry Potter, win the golden ticket to Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, go on a secret mission with Alex Rider, or, if you are like me, become a Gangsta Granny and plot to steal the Crown Jewels.”

Camilla urged youngsters to put aside their mobile phones and start reading.

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Camilla speaking to a year one pupil on World Book Day (David Walliams’ Gangster Granny/PA)

“If I can give you one piece of advice before I leave, it is to put down your phones and pick up a book, especially before you go to bed,” the duchess said.

“After all, books never lose their signal or run out of battery and they will always take you to a thousand different worlds with every turn of a page.”

She added: “We all need to read for at least 10 minutes a day.

“It is such a magical thing to do and it will help you in every possible way – even with your maths and science.”

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