“It puts everything in perspective”: Camilla fights back tears as she invites disabled children to deck the halls of Clarence House
The Duchess of Cornwall choked back tears as she decorated her Christmas tree at Clarence House with a group of severely disabled children yesterday.
Camilla was particularly taken with three-year-old Finley Middleton, who suffers from a combination of restricted growth and immune deficiency problems, as she handed him a glittering stocking to hang on the evergreen at her London residence.
“Here you are Finley, let”s do this together,” she said as she knelt down by his side while his mother, Michaela Middleton, from Bicester in Oxfordshire looked on in tears.
Emotional: The Duchess of Cornwall fought back tears as she decorated the tree with the help of three-year-old Finley Middleton
Festive frolics: Captain Charles Fraser-Samson let children try on his bear skin hat at the party. Right, the children have tea after decorating the tree
Afterwards she told the Mail: “It just makes you realise how lucky you are. Honestly, it was all I could do not to cry. It puts everything in perspective, doesn”t it”
Each year Prince Charles’s wife invites a group of youngsters from the Helen and Douglas House Hospice, a charity providing respite and end of life care for seriously ill children, and the London Taxidrivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children, to tea.
The 16 youngsters met the duchess in the Morning Room before she invited them to each take a decoration to put on her tree helped by her equerry.
CaptainCharles Fraser-Samson, who was dressed in his Welsh Guards uniform, allowed some of the goggle-eyed children to try on his bear skin and even helped them to place their decoration on with his sword.
Afterwardsthe excited group feasted on apple juice, mini sandwiches and bite-sized cupcakes as Camilla walked round the table handing out goodiebags filled with sweets and Christmas gifts.
Brave: Lily Ilot, five, was delighted to meet the Duchess at Clarence House, where a tea was laid on for the youngsters
Wonderment: The children were goggle-eyed at the sights within the palace