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Children from Helen & Douglas House are invited to Clarence House by The Duchess of Cornwall

12th December 2012

The Duchess of Cornwall invites children from Helen & Douglas House to Clarence House

The Duchess of Cornwall invites children from Helen & Douglas House to Clarence House

The Duchess of Cornwall invited a group of youngsters to Clarence House today to help decorate her Christmas tree.

Her Royal Highness got into the festive spirit and was helped by children with life-shortening illnesses.

The eight youngsters, who receive support from the Helen & Douglas House Hospice, based in Oxford, not only placed baubles on the tree but also enjoyed a lunch of sausage and mash with The Duchess.

Her Royal Highness is Patron of the hospice, which provides respite and end-of-life care for youngsters with life-shortening conditions and gives their families practical and emotional support.

Since The Duchess of Cornwall became its Patron in 2007, children from the organisation have been invited to decorate her Christmas tree at Clarence House every year.

Captain Charles Fraser-Sampson, Assistant Equerry to The Prince of Wales, joined in the fun and delighted the children as he was dressed in his Welsh Guards ceremonial uniform, complete with bearskin and scarlet tunic.

The youngsters arrived at the royal residence in central London in a fleet of decorated black cabs from the London Taxi Drivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children.

One was even covered in fur and sported a flashing red nose just like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

The Duchess, who is Patron of the fund, posed for pictures with the unusual looking vehicles before the children left.