In what has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions, the Duchess of Cornwall welcomed youth into Clarence House once again to help her get in the holiday spirit.
Each year, terminally ill children from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity are invited to the home of Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall for a Christmas party unlike nothing else.
The children were greeted by a royal guard as they entered the London home before assisting Camilla in decorating the Christmas tree.
The Duchess then pulled out her hosting duties and served the young guests tea and treats while chatting with all the families.
Camilla admired the Christmas jumper of five-year-old Anthony Brine, who suffers from recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a condition that causes blistering both inside and out.
The Duchess inquired what Anthony was hoping to get from Santa this year, to which he replied “a surprise.”
Anthony’s mother, Danielle Brine, later told the Daily Mail he had a more detailed list at home. She also spoke about how wonderful the experience of spending the festive season at Clarence House and her son’s bravery.
“He is such a brave little boy, and copes with his condition so bravely. He knows what he can and can’t do.
“It is just so amazing to be here. What a wonderful thing to invite us to. It really feels like a friend has asked us into their home.”
Addressing the room, the Duchess said: “May I wish you a very Happy Christmas. I always feel like today is the start of Christmas. It is such a joy to meet all of you. I hope the children have enjoyed themselves as much as I have.”
No party would be complete without party favours and Camilla didn’t disappoint as she was seen handing out goodies from Buckingham Palace, including a teddy bear to one little girl.
It was also announced during the festivities that the Duchess of Cornwall is the new Patron of the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
Later in the day, the Duchess joined her husband, Prince Charles and Archbishop Justin Welby for a walk around Borough Market.