Queen Camilla and French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte, have launched a UK-France literary prize for young adult fiction.

This will allow “UK and French citizens to share joint literary experiences, reinforcing cultural ties while celebrating the joys of reading”, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

The Entente Littéraire Prize, or Prix de l’Entente Littéraire, is clearly inspired by the Entente Cordiale, the 1904 agreement between the UK and French governments that sharply improved bilateral relations.

One hope for the award is that it will help redress the translation imbalance between the UK and France. Eighteen percent of all new fiction titles published in France are translations, compared with only 3% to 6% in the UK.