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Royal appointment for Chris Evans

Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans swapped Broadcasting House for Clarence House as he had a royal appointment at the home of the Duchess of Cornwall.

The breakfast show host made his visit after enlisting the support of the Duchess for children's short story contest 500 Words, which is now in its fifth year.

Chris, 48, arrived in a flamboyant outfit which would not have looked out of place on film character Austin Powers with his pin-stripe double-breasted frock coat, skinny-fit trousers and over-size glasses.

The Duchess has long been a supporter of literacy initiatives and is backing this year's awards by hosting the final from St James's Palace, inviting 50 finalists and a Radio 2 production team who will broadcast live from the venue.

She will also attend a special "story laboratory" to mark the launch of this year's contest - which aims to find promising young writers - at Weston Park Primary School, London.

Under-13s can take part by writing a work of fiction no longer than 500 words with entries through the Radio 2 website at bbc.co.uk/500words.

The judging panel includes Top Gear's Richard Hammond, plus writers Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.

Six winners will eventually be chosen, with their works read out on air by famous names - last year's included Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville.

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