Camilla is stunning in red as she decorates Christmas tree at Clarence House

The Queen Consort was definitely in the Christmas spirit on Thursday, as she was joined by Father Christmas and his reindeer at Clarence House.

Camilla, 74, hosted children supported by Oxford-based charity Helen and Douglas House, which cares for terminally ill children and their families, and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, which provides specialist nurses and support to ill children, at the royal residence on 7 December.

Camilla, who is patron of both organisations, looked radiant in a flowing red crepe dress by Fiona Clare paired with a small brooch at the festive gathering.

She could be seen decorating the enormous Christmas tree at Clarence House with the help of the children and Father Christmas in heartwarming snaps.

Camilla's equerry, Captain Ed Andersen, also joined the group and could even be seen using his sword to place decorations on a branch high up on the tree.

The Queen Consort mingled with charity bosses, including Roald Dahl's widow Felicity Dahl, as the Band of the Welsh Guards performed Once In Royal David’s City.

She could then be seen serving specially made lunches to the children, with each one prepared to suit the children's specific dietary needs.

After a hearty lunch and some refreshments, the children were surprised with a visit from two of Santa's reindeer, Dancer and Blitzen.

Camilla wrapped up in a short black cape sleeved jacket as she headed outside with the group to feed the reindeer lichen, commonly known as reindeer moss. She beamed as she petted to reindeer and chatted to Santa Claus and charity bosses.

The 74 year old became patron of Helen and Douglas House back in 2007, and then in 2017 she became patron of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

The Queen Consort's festive day at Clarence House comes after she and husband King Charles III, 74, hosted their first Diplomatic Corps Reception at Buckingham Palace on 6 December.

This was the first Diplomatic Corps reception in three years, as hundreds of foreign ambassadors gather for the affair in the state rooms of the Palace. The reception saw Their Majesties meet representatives of countries accredited to the Court of St. James.

Camilla wore an elegant navy Anna Valentine gown, which she paired with the late Queen's sapphire and diamond tiara with its matching necklace.

Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales, 40, donned a red sequinned Jenny Packham gown with the Lovers Knot tiara. She also paid tribute to the late Queen and sported a pair of diamond earrings which belonged to the monarch.


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