HRH The Duchess of Cornwall welcomes Berkshire & Buckinghamshire children to Clarence House

PUBLISHED: 11:50 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:50 22 December 2014

Elysia Havard, 20, and her family chat with the Duchess

Elysia Havard, 20, and her family chat with the Duchess


Young people from Berkshire and Buckinghamshire had a very special invitation from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, as they were invited to lunch and to decorate the Christmas tree at the Royal residence, Clarence House.

The children, Sam Daly from Eton, Hayley Neal from Winnersh, Liberty Gardener from Maidenhead, Charlotte Spencer-Ades, from Newbury and Elysia Havard, from Dunsmore near Wendover, visit the children’s and young adults’ hospice Helen & Douglas House in Oxford.

But they travelled to London last Thursday with their families and spent several hours with HRH, decorating the Christmas tree and enjoying a delicious lunch of sausage and mash, served by the Duchess herself.

It is the sixth year the Duchess has invited families from Helen & Douglas House to Clarence House.

Clare Edwards, Chief Operating Officer, Helen & Douglas House, said: “It’s such a unique day, so special and it is a real privilege to have the Duchess as our Patron, as she takes such an interest in the work we do.”

Helen & Douglas House relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to offer specialist care for children and young adults, from birth to 35, from across the region and support for their families. Anyone interested in donating to the charity can visit or telephone 01865 799150.


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