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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Prince Charles leads Charles Dickens celebrations

Prince Charles leads Charles Dickens celebrationsThe Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall is leading global celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens's birth later. Prince Charles laid a wreath at the author's grave in Poets' Corner as part of a service at Westminster Abbey. A 24-hour "readathon" is taking place in countries from Albania to Zimbabwe. Biographer Simon Callow, taking part in a service in Portsmouth, where Dickens was born, said the day would be "dangerously moving". Callow is reading from David Copperfield, a coming-of-age story about an orphan boy that is largely considered to be autobiographical. The service, at St Mary's Church, will also feature actress Sheila Hancock reading from Oliver Twist

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