Children from charities were invited to decorate a royal Christmas tree

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Children associated with two charity organisations were invited to Clarence House to help decorate the Christmas tree and enjoy a festive celebration by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Children from the Helen and Douglas House and Roald Dahl Marvellous Children charities, of which the Duchess is patron, were invited to join in with the royal decorating.

Beefeaters in their traditional uniform were also present helping children reach higher branches and add decorations. Some little ones were even able to try on their iconic tall hats!

Photographs of the exciting day were shared to the official Clarence House Instagram account.

A caption alongside the snaps explained that, “At @ClarenceHouse it is a Christmas tradition for The Duchess of Cornwall to invite children to decorate the Christmas tree.”

It added that, “Her Royal Highness is Patron of @helenanddouglashouse and @roalddahlcharity, and children who are supported by both these charities were able to come to Clarence House today and help decorate the tree, as well as receiving a few festive surprises and treats!”

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

Helen and Douglas House is a hospice which supports families and cares for terminally ill babies and children. Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity provides specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children to help them "lead a more marvellous life.”

Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed members of their own patronages as well as important members of local communities and others to a special carol service.

The Together at Christmas service was hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey and featured a number of special performances. It will be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve.

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