Keeping with her tradition, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall invited children from Helen & Douglas House to Clarence House to help decorate the Christmas Tree. This year’s event took place on December 14.
Camilla was joined by children and families supported by Helen & Douglas House, of which Camilla is Patron, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The children helped Camilla decorate the Christmas Tree before having lunch of sausages and mash and cookies. Camilla helped serve the children lunch, as she does every year, and arranged the food to form a smiling face.
Helen & Douglas House enables young people (0-35 years) with life-shortening conditions to live as well and as fully as possible to the end of their lives by providing palliative care at a specialist level for young people, through medical and nursing expertise, emotional and practical support.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity provides healthcare for seriously ill children. The charity creates and funds specialist nursing posts within the NHS across the UK.
Camilla spent time decorating the tree with the kids. To Violet Webster (pictured above), who was born with a hole in her heart and proudly said she was 2 and 3/4, Camilla said, “You tell me where you want me to put it.”
Six year old Neive Trainor, (pictured above) who suffers from seizures, was practicing her curtsy while she waited to greet Camilla. When Camilla came over, she said: “Well what a beautiful curtsy. And your lovely red shoes. They are gorgeous.”
Neive’s mother, Fiona Williams, said afterwards: “We can’t believe she has invited us here. What a wonderful day. Neive has so been looking forward to it.”
Camilla’s assistant equerry and Welsh Guardsman, Captain Matthew Wright, did the now traditional “placing a decoration on the Christmas tree with his sword” bit, although I don’t have any photos of it. Camilla also persuaded him to let the kids try on his bearskin hat.
Camilla wore a festive green dress by Bruce Oldfield.
All quotes from the Daily Mail.