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Every year, Camilla invites children to help her decorate the Christmas tree at her and The Prince of Wales’ official London Residence, Clarence House - often dubbed one of the most touching royal events of the year.
On Thursday, children and families supported by Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity attended the party hosted by the Duchess.
As well as decorating the Christmas tree, Camilla encouraged the children to stroke the reindeers, Dancer and Blitzen, and a feast of sausage and mash was served in the dining room for the children to enjoy.
The youngsters were thrilled to see the reindeer and clearly thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas treat!
The Mail Online reports that, Jasper Grannum, of Chalfont St Giles, was very excited when The Duchess of Cornwall offered him a second portion of sausage and mash saying, “’She’s a beautiful lady.”
He also answered “probably”, when asked if Camilla was his new best friend.
Since last year, 12-year-old Jasper has been in a wheelchair. He suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which is a muscle wasting condition.
Jasper and his family are supported by Helen and Douglas House.
His mother said, “He was diagnosed when he was two and lost the ability to walk when he was 11. He loves his sports and used to play football, but now he plays wheelchair football.”
Helen and Douglas House provide hospice care for terminally ill babies, children and young people with the aim of helping them enjoy their lives to the fullest. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity provides expert care and support to children with serious illnesses across the UK.
For The Duchess of Cornwall, the annual event signals the “start of Christmas”, with her admitting that she hadn’t thought about the 25th before the party.
She admitted, “I haven’t thought about it before today, but I come in and see the tree and the children and everything and it just gets me in a Christmas mood.”