Britain's Prince Charles says growing up in Windsor Castle was "fascinating".
The heir-to-the-throne spent his childhood between a number of his mother Queen Elizabeth's estates including London's Buckingham Palace, Sandringham in Norfolk, Balmoral in Aberdeenshire in Scotland and Windsor Castle and says the latter cultivated his love of books.
He explained: "I am one of those people who have been very lucky in the sense that I was able to spend my childhood at Windsor Castle. In due course, as I got older, I started exploring the library which, as you can imagine, was fascinating. I ended up getting covered in dust. I grew up surrounded by books and all the fascination that goes with the books - the smell, the dust, the occasional strange beetles that eat the paper."
Speaking at a reception hosted by Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig with Friends of the National Libraries, Charles also spoke of his love of vinyl.
According to the Evening Standard, he added: "We simply must, ladies and gentlemen, must protect these treasure houses of our history and of everything that has made our culture and our country great."