Considering it’s Christmas Eve, I thought I’d post some festive pics of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall decorating the Clarence House Christmas tree with terminally ill children from Helen & Douglas House hospice. These photos are actually from December 11, which I never got around to posting, so apologies if you’ve seen these already. I like these photos, though; they may be some of my favorites from the entire year, so I want to post them even if they are 13 days old. Besides, they’re Christmas-y.
Camilla became Patron of Helen & Douglas House in 2007, and since then has been inviting children to Clarence House for lunch and to decorate the tree. This year she invited twelve children/young people and their families for the festivities.
Helen & Douglas House is an Oxford-based hospice that cares for terminally ill children, young adults, adults, and their families. The hospice provides medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together. They care for children, young adults, and adults up to age 35.
Camilla met and chatted to the children and their families before opening the doors to the drawing room where they were met by her equerry dressed in full Welsh Guards uniform. They decorated the tree and then had lunch. Lunch included sausages and mash, which Camilla helped serve to the children.
Camilla said: “It’s lovely to see you all and I hope you have enjoyed yourselves. This is one of my favorite things to do each year and seeing your faces as the door opens is magical. Helen & Douglas House is a wonderful, uplifting place. Everyone should visit it.”
Camilla wore probably the best outfit I’ve ever seen her in: a fuchsia dress and matching nature-patterned scarf. The color looks so good on her! And it’s all bright and cheery for the children, yay!
Photos: Clarence House Instagram/Clarence House Twitter/Rebecca English Twitter/Getty