Duchess Camilla

Duchess Camilla

Britain's Duchess of Cornwall officially opened Exeter Library yesterday (15.07.14).

The 66-year-old royal - who is currently on an official tour of the South West region of England with her husband Prince Charles - visited the library to announce its official opening.

The patron of the National Literacy Trust was caught by a surprise flashmob as she entered the library and was serenaded by the Bill Withers son 'Lovely Day'.

Duchess Camilla spoke to children, students and older people during her visit to the library, which reopened in May after a £4million refurbishment, which took 18 months to complete.

The building now has a foyer, a café, a larger children's section and thousands of new books and has also been modernised to include a digital workshop.

The library is in the centre of Exeter's cultural quarter and sits alongside the city museum, Phoenix Arts Centre and Exeter Castle.

The Duchess is also patron of the BookTrust and First Story - which help to promote literacy in young people - and as she is keen to promote the benefits of reading she's undertaken a number of engagements on this theme in the past.

While Camilla visited the library, her husband, the Duke of Cornwall toured the Royal William Yard and attended a reception to mark the 100th anniversary of the city of Plymouth.