Camilla hailed an ‘absolute asset’ as she carries out engagement despite coronavirus

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Camilla has been lauded by social media users for carrying on with a tradition she started in 2007 despite the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Every year, the Duchess of Cornwall hosts children from one of her patronages and helps them add baubles to Clarence House’s Christmas tree.

This year, however, coronavirus restrictions didn’t make it possible for Camilla to honour this cherished tradition in full.

But the Duchess walked the extra mile to virtually invite children from the Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice into her London home.

The engagement took place on December 16, but the royal’s Twitter account only released footage of it yesterday.

The event was welcomed by many royal watchers on social media, who praised Camilla for doing her best to honour this 13-year-long tradition.

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Royal historian Marlene Koenig wrote on Twitter: “Such an effort filled with love to include the children even remotely so they won’t be left out. Camilla is such a treasure.”

A royal fan said Camilla was an “asset”, writing: “Lovely – I respect this lady more and more.

“She is a delight and an absolute asset to the Royal Family.”

Another said: “This is something I look forward to seeing every year.

“I’m so glad she was still able to do something…albeit through zoom. Precious.”

And a third confessed the video shared by Clarence House made them emotional.

They wrote: “That was lovely. Wondered how she was doing to do this, very creative and great use of the very tall guardsman so she could host and interact. Brought a tear to my eye.”

In the video shared by Prince Charles and Camilla’s Twitter account, a guardsman named Charlie is seen helping the Duchess bring under the Christmas tree presents for the children taking part in the video call.

Later during the call, the guardsman assisted the Duchess in putting special baubles bearing the names of the children onto the tree, wherever the little guests were asking him to place them.

During the call, Camilla spoke about this annual gathering with children from her patronage as “one of the highlights of my year.”

She said: “I really miss having you all here. It’s not the same without you.

“It is one of the highlights of my year, the Christmas tree decorating.

“So we thought we had to do something to make it come to life today.

“So your very own special bauble with your name on it, we’re going to see it being hung on the Christmas tree behind.”

At the end of the engagement, Camilla was filmed waving at a horse-drawn carriage transporting the presents to the children.

The Helen and Douglas House opened its doors in 1982, becoming the world’s first children’s hospice.

The charity provides medical, emotional and practical support to help families deal with the implications of a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together.

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