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Duchess of Cornwall welcomes seriously-ill children and Welsh Guards for Christmas tree event

The youngsters and their families were also treated to a performance by the Band of the Welsh Guards at Clarence House.

The Duchess of Cornwall has been joined by the Band of the Welsh Guards as she hosted her annual Christmas tree decorating gathering for seriously-ill children at Clarence House.

She was joined by youngsters and families supported by Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity at her London home on Wednesday.

Last year's event was held by video-link because of the pandemic, so the Duchess spoke of the "joy of getting you all back again this year" being "wonderful".

The Duchess told her guests: "I didn't think it was going to happen. It was up and down but, thank goodness, you all decided to come."

She added: "I just really wanted to wish you all a very, very happy Christmas."

The children were also treated to a performance by the Band of the Welsh Guards.

Royal equerry Ed Andersen of the Welsh Guards, in his red tunic, carefully helped place a decoration on the tree using his sword, and also let some of the youngsters try on his bearskin hat.