Royal Central first brought you news of this special party to be held on the 13th of this month on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The special party is for the children who have lost parents serving in the Armed Forces. The event will be hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Children up to the age of 18, accompanied by a parent or guardian will be invited to attend. Also in attendance, will be various organisations participating under The Royal Foundation umbrella.
According to a post on the Royal Family website: “Their Royal Highnesses have arranged the event to acknowledge and honour the fact that young children have had to come to terms with the loss of someone very close to them at a young age.
“The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry hope the event will provide an opportunity for these children to broaden their support networks amongst other families with similar experiences.”
This party ties to their Heads Together campaign where the three encourage people to talk about their feelings and emotions; and where the royals, themselves have recently opened up about their own mental health. Princes William and Hary, in particular, discussed the grief over the loss of their mother they refused to deal with for some time.
The party will feature performances from children’s entertainers such as magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones, Singer Jess Glynne, and ventriloquist Nina Conti. There will also be representatives from charities such as Child Bereavement UK, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Winston’s Wish and SSAFA, and the Armed Forces charity. These organisations will provide ‘practical support’ and advice and resources for the families.
To add to the fun of the day, guests will be able to enjoy face painting, arts and crafts sessions, science experiments and try out circus skills. Guests can also try their hand at beatboxing and breakdancing, thanks to representatives from The Royal Foundations partners Full Effect and Coach Core. To cap off the day, everyone will enjoy a display from the RAF Falcons parachute team.