Celebration of writer Dickens' birth 200 years ago

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Celebration of writer Dickens' birth 200 years ago

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Commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of renowned British author Charles Dickens were lead by his royal namesake. Prince Charles laid a wreath on the grave at Westminster Abbey in front of one of the largest gatherings of Dickens’ descendants.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also made a trip to the Charles Dickens Museum in Holborn, central London earlier in the day.

The building houses the world’s most important Dickens collection including manuscripts, personal items and rare editions of some of his most famous works such as Great Expectations, The Tale of Two Cities and Nicholas Nickleby.

The hugely popular 19th century writer travelled to the United States twice on reading tours.

There have been countless stage and screen adaptations of his classic tales and the likes of Oliver Twist continue to be admired by all ages.

Pari Shahmar and Holly Anne Hull, young performers at the Dickens bicentenary dinner, said they enjoy acting in his stories.

‘‘It’s quite interesting because it’s so different to the characters that we normally play and it’s really fun because you get to explore a completely different kind of state of mind of different characters.”