Cartoon Camilla returns! Duchess of Cornwall is back with children’s story competition

The Duchess of Cornwall has returned as her cartoon alter ego to launch BBC Radio Two’s annual story-writing competition.

Camilla, 72, recognisable by both her trademark pearls and blond bouffant, can be seen showing off her royal wave from inside an iPad screen in the advert for 500 Words 2020. 

In the short clip promoting the story-writing competition, it was revealed the final for this year’s contest will take place at Buckingham Palace.  

This is the sixth year that Camilla has acted as an honourary judge to the competition which was launched back in 2011 by former Radio Two host Chris Evans. 

Camilla, 72, has been reimagined as a cartoon character in the advert for BBC Radio Two's short story competition

Camilla, 72, has been reimagined as a cartoon character in the advert for BBC Radio Two's short story competition

Camilla, 72, has been reimagined as a cartoon character in the advert for BBC Radio Two’s short story competition 

The Duchess of Cornwall has returned to act as an honourary judge for the competition for the sixth year (pictured, earlier this week in Aberdeen)

The Duchess of Cornwall has returned to act as an honourary judge for the competition for the sixth year (pictured, earlier this week in Aberdeen)

The Duchess of Cornwall has returned to act as an honourary judge for the competition for the sixth year (pictured, earlier this week in Aberdeen) 

In the advert, the cartoon Camilla appears to be wearing a smart green suit, and beams as she waves at the camera. 

Buckingham Palace is also given the animated makeover in the short clip as it is revealed the final for the contest will take place at the royal residence. 

Other than the word count and being under the age of 13 there are almost no entry requirements with applicants permitted to write about whatever they want and spelling and grammar not taken into consideration.

Winners of the story-writing competition will be invited to attend the 500 Words Final at Buckingham Palace on Friday 12 June where celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio. 

It was revealed in the advert that this year's 500 words final will take place at Buckingham Palace (pictured)

It was revealed in the advert that this year's 500 words final will take place at Buckingham Palace (pictured)

It was revealed in the advert that this year’s 500 words final will take place at Buckingham Palace (pictured) 

500 Words is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13.

It was launched back in 2011, by Chris Evans, and the presenter remains involved despite having left the BBC.

Gold prize winners take home Chris Evans’ height in books, silver winners take home the more diminutive Duchess of Cornwall’s height in books and bronze winners receive their own height in books.  

In 2016 the Duchess became the first ever royal to be animated when she appeared in a short clip to promote the competition.

Last year the royal greeted Chris Evans like an old friend as she attended the live broadcast of the award ceremony for a children writing competition (pictured: Greeting Chris Evans)

Last year the royal greeted Chris Evans like an old friend as she attended the live broadcast of the award ceremony for a children writing competition (pictured: Greeting Chris Evans)

Last year the royal greeted Chris Evans like an old friend as she attended the live broadcast of the award ceremony for a children writing competition (pictured: Greeting Chris Evans) 

The competition is designed to promote literacy among children, a cornerstone of Camilla’s work.

Last year, the royal appeared overjoyed as she presented the winners of the short-story competition with their prizes at Windsor Castle.  

She greeted Chris Evans like an old friend before meeting the six winners of this year’s competition, who are all girls. 

Since its launch in 2011, more than 900,000 children have submitted stories for the competition.