Duchess Camilla's adorable Christmas tradition is still going ahead

Duchess Camilla's touching Christmas tradition will take place as the hard-working royal refuses to let her fans down this year

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Duchess Camilla isn't letting anything stop her from holding her annual Christmas event, in which she welcomes children to decorate the Christmas tree in Clarence House.

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are earning ‘respect’ for their ‘wonderful work’ almost two months after the Queen was last seen in public and it's clear that this train isn't stopping any time soon.

The Duchess of Cornwall is fast becoming known as one of the most hard-working royals of the bunch and she's not letting a difficult year stop her annual traditions. Each year the Duchess and loving grandmother celebrates Christmas with the children's charities of which she is a long-running patron. 

The charities in particular, the Helen & Douglas House and the Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, are very close to her heart. In previous years, Camilla has invited seriously and terminally ill children supported by these organizations to Clarence House for a Christmas lunch and fun festive activities—like decorating their tree!

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The Express (opens in new tab) reports that royal commentator Jess Ilse told Royal Central, "I am looking forward to Camilla decorating the tree at Clarence House. And she always gets children supported by the Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity."

Jess continued, "And I think last year I had to be virtual. So she did a Zoom call with them and they told her where they wanted her to place their ornaments, I always look forward to seeing the pictures from that."

"She has such a grandmotherly aura about her, so it's always so nice to see," she added. "No other British royal does it so it is really something just for Camilla that she does."

Duchess Camilla is a step-grandmother to her husband's five grandchildren. She also has five biological grandchildren via her children from her first marriage—son Tom Parker Bowles and daughter Laura Lopes.

Recently, Duchess Camilla shared popcorn with a cinema date, that wasn't Prince Charles. The public engagement, which she attended with her friend, philanthropist Robert Hiscox, was to open the newly converted Parade Cinema in Marlborough. And during the day's events, the dedicated grandma couldn't help but pay tribute to her grandkids.

She said, "I very much look forward to coming to see a film here, having my glass of wine and popcorn, and bringing all the grandchildren here." 

Aoife Hanna
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