Duchess Camilla surprises sick children with two living reindeer at a special Christmas party
The Duchess of Cornwall invited Santa's reindeer to a special Christmas party at Clarence House.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall got into the Christmas mood by hosting a very special Christmas lunch party at Clarence House, revealed Hello Magazine on December 6. 2018.
Since her marriage to Charles the Prince of Wales in 2005, Duchess Camilla has thrown a Christmas party in conjunction with Helen and Douglas House Children's Hospice and the Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children’s Charity for children with health issues and their families.
In the garden, reindeers Dancer and Blitzen waited to meet the children as a special surprise to end their visit to Clarence House. pic.twitter.com/4tmMTET1ni— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 6, 2018
"The tree decorating for me is always the start of Christmas. 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."
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Hello Magazine, December 6. 2018.
THE DUCHESS SERVED SAUSAGE AND MASH AT A CHRISTMAS LUNCH
The Royal Christmas lunch featured a delicious menu sure to please any child: sausage and mashed potatoes; and for dessert, there were chocolate Santas, candy canes and iced Christmas biscuits.
The meal was served by the Duchess and volunteers from the charities and afterward, the children helped decorate a Christmas tree and had the opportunity to try on one of the famous bearskin hats worn by the Royal Welsh Guards.
Once the Clarence House Christmas tree has been decorated, it’s time for lunch and festive treats 🎄 pic.twitter.com/Zu9oXly3vH— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 6, 2018
The two charities involved in organizing the party and patronized by the Duchess of Cornwall provide special care for seriously ill children.
TWO SPECIAL GUESTS FROM THE NORTH POLE
The children were thrilled to meet and feed two very special guests down for a holiday from the North Pole. They were introduced to Dancer and Blitzen, two real, live reindeer, just like Santa, The children offered the animals lichen which they savored with gusto.
This is the 13th year children have been invited to Clarence House to help decorate the tree with The Duchess. pic.twitter.com/03JHEbOVkD— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 6, 2018
THE DUCHESS' FAVORITE CHARITIES SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH HEALTH ISSUES
The two charities involved in organizing the party and patronized by the Duchess of Cornwall provide special care for seriously ill children. The Helen and Douglas House Children's Hospice provides palliative care and support for terminally ill children and their families; and the Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity funds home nursing, providing expert care and support to children with serious illnesses, and their families.
Today children who are supported by @HelenAndDouglas and @RoaldDahlFund are helping The Duchess of Cornwall decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 6, 2018
Her Royal Highness is Patron of both charities. pic.twitter.com/Qnoc4P8H3a
THE DUCHESS' LITTLE GUESTS LOVED THE PARTY
All of the Duchess's special guests had a lovely time, especially meeting the reindeer. One of the boys, 12-year-old Jasper Grannum, took a shine to the Duchess and thought that she is "a beautiful lady." Jasper was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle wasting condition when he was two, and last year he lost the ability to walk and is now confined to a wheelchair.
Equally enthusiastic, was nine-year-old Lara Mehmet, who adored the "serious reindeer." Lara sufferers from an undiagnosed condition and is one of four disabled actors playing Tiny Tim at the Old Vic Theatre in this year’s production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
The Duchess and the Prince of Wales will be spending Christmas at Sandringham with the Queen, and all the Royal children and grandchildren.
This evening The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Buckingham Palace for the annual Diplomatic Reception. pic.twitter.com/R4n60WZmQj— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 4, 2018
DUCHESS CAMILLA WORE A DAZZLING DIAMOND TIARA TO A BUCKINGHAM PALACE RECEPTION
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was a showstopper when she stepped out with her husband, Charles, the Prince of Wales at a glamorous reception for the diplomatic corps at Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess wore an elegant cream satin Bruce Oldfield gown with intricate beading on the front panels of the floor-sweeping skirt, a blue sash, and the yellow satin ribbon of the Royal Family Order.
On her head, she wore the dazzling diamonds and platinum Greville tiara. The tiara was created by the French jewelers, Boucheron, in 1921 for a friend of the late Queen Mother's. who bequeathed her entire jewelry collection to Queen Elizabeth II in her will.
Included in the Hon. Mrs. Greville's collection was the Greville emerald kokoshnik-style tiara worn by Princess Eugenie at her wedding on October 12, 2018.
In a related story, Clarence House stated on the occasion of their wedding in 2005 that Camilla will not become Queen, but will bear the title of Princess Consort when Prince Charles became King.