HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN INVITES CHILDREN TO DECORATE THE CLARENCE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Each year, the Queen invites children to decorate the Christmas tree at Clarence House. This December, the event will be attended by children and families supported by Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The children also will watch a performance by the Band and Bugles of The Rifles and will receive a special surprise visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer.
Helen & Douglas House
Helen House was the world’s first children’s hospice when it opened in 1982, and this year is celebrating its 41st anniversary. Helen & Douglas House cares for local terminally ill children and their families from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.
They provide medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together.
As Duchess of Cornwall, Her Majesty became Patron of Helen & Douglas House in 2007 and this will be the seventeenth time that families supported by the charity, along with hospice staff, have been invited to decorate the Christmas tree at Clarence House.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity provides specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children with some of the most complex health conditions in the UK. The children they support often have multiple conditions, which require lifelong specialist care. Over 120 Roald Dahl Nurses currently support more than 33,000 seriously ill children. The dedication and expertise of Roald Dahl Nurses reduces waiting times, A&E visits, and hospital admissions. They are also a vital lifeline for the whole family, coordinating care and providing the highest level of emotional support.
Her Majesty became Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity in 2017 as Duchess of Cornwall and this will be the seventh time that families supported by the charity have been invited to Clarence House to decorate the tree.