The Queen hosts a reception to celebrate the Queen’s Reading Room


To celebrate the results of The Queen’s Reading Room most recent study, the Queen was joined by guests for a reception at Clarence House.

Reading Room reception

The Queen’s Reading Room commissioned their first qualitative and quantitative research, as well as neuroscientific research to determine whether there is a link between reading fiction and wellbeing.

Reading Room reception

The results of the study have proven a clear link between reading fiction and improved mental health, brain health and social connectedness. 

The neuroscientific study suggests that reading for just five minutes can reduce stress, improve concentration, and help people to feel more connected.

During the Reception, Her Majesty met with guests involved in the charity’s research project, including academics and independent neuroscientists who have led the study, as well as authors, actors and literary advocates who have contributed to The Queen’s Reading Room Podcast and Festival.

Reading Room reception

The Queen has long championed a love of reading across generations and is passionate about shining a light on the importance of literature. 

During the national lockdown in the pandemic, Her Majesty published a list of her favourite book recommendations, and the hugely positive responses prompted The then Duchess to create an online space to continue this conversation. 

The Queen’s Reading Room Instagram account was launched in 2021 – a community space for book lovers to visit, and to see videos, photographs, and commentary from some of The Queen’s recommended authors. 

Now an independent charity, The Queen’s Reading Room works to celebrate and promote the power and benefits of reading and is on a mission to help more people find and connect with books which enrich their lives. 

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