Duchess Camilla has been named as judge for 500 WORDS.

Duchess Camilla

Duchess Camilla

The writing competition for children between the ages of five and 13 has added the royal to the judging panel this year, Chris Evans announced on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

He said: " Myself and the whole 500 WORDS team at BBC Radio 2 are hugely proud and honoured to welcome The Duchess of Cornwall as an Honorary Judge for the competition. Does this mean Radio 2 is now 'By Royal Appointment'? How exciting! And with the final taking place in the amazing surroundings of Shakespeare's Globe, this will be a truly special year for the competition. So come on kids, what are you waiting for? Get inspired, get writing and make sure you send your entry to us by 25 February for the chance to join us there!"

Camilla joins Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Francesca Simon on the judging panel.

To tie in with the BBC's celebration of Shakespeare, the final will take place in a spectacular live broadcast from Shakespeare's Globe in London.

Last year, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted the live final at St James's Palace and presented the Gold medal winners with their prizes.