The Duchess meets families at Royal Trinity Hospice

The Duchess of Cornwall has switched on the Christmas tree lights as she visited Royal Trinity Hospice to celebrate its 130th anniversary.

Her Royal Highness met nurses, doctors, patients and their families at the hospice in Clapham, South London.

During the visit, The Duchess met Rahul Moodgal, who told her how the nurses cared for his father in his final weeks when he was ill with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.

Children from nearby St Mary’s RC Primary School sang carols around the Christmas tree before The Duchess officially pressed the button to switch on the lights.

The switch on also marked the launch of the centre’s Christmas appeal.

The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Royal Trinity Hospice, told staff: “You are all marvellous. We owe you such gratitude for constantly going above and beyond.

“It is a very special place here and you are all wonderful.”

Royal Trinity Hospice was founded as the National Free Home for the Dying in 1891 following an appeal for funds in The Times.

The hospice became known as Royal Trinity Hospice in 2015 in recognition of its long patronage by The Royal Family.