Camilla

Camilla

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall hosted a tea party for sick children yesterday (09.12.09).

The Duchess said she'd always wanted to swim with dolphins and was really envious of my daughters, she said - 'I'd love to do that'

The duchess - wife of Prince Charles - hosted a group of young people with life-shortening conditions at Clarence House, where they helped decorate a Christmas tree before tucking into festive foods.

The children are all receiving respite care from Helen and Douglas House, of which she is Patron, or are helped by the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Among those in attendance were sisters Neve, seven, and Drew Turner, six, who both suffer from cystic fibrosis, with the duchess admitting she was envious of them getting the chance to swim with dolphins after their wish was granted by the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Phillippa Turner from Durham, a full-time carer for her two daughters, said: "The Duchess said she'd always wanted to swim with dolphins and was really envious of my daughters, she said - 'I'd love to do that'.

"It was fantastic coming here and a bit surreal - they are never going to do anything like this ever again and it's something they will remember."

After touring the estate, the group walked into a ground-floor room where they were greeted by a partially-decorated Christmas tree, which they were invited to help decorate.

The group were joined by a guardsman in his traditional scarlet tunic and bearskin, with Camilla telling the children he was her "toy soldier" who had come to help decorate the tree.

Assistant Equerry to Their Royal Highnesses Captain Henry Finnegan from the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards even used his sabre to put some of the ornaments on the 8ft Christmas tree.


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