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Camilla takes part in ‘adorable’ moment as Royal Guard breaks protocol with visiting child

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, invited children from the Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice in Oxfordshire to help her decorate the Christmas tree in Clarence House with the help of a Royal Guard. Captain Ed Andresen of the Welsh Guards joined the group and offered his sword to the children which they used to place ornaments on the tree. Several lucky children were given the chance to wear his large bearskin cap with royal fans fawning over the sweet royal moment.

During their appearance, the children were treated to a performance by the Band of the Welsh Guards with English children’s entertainer and actor, Mr Tumble, delivering a special message to them.

The guests were given a sword from Captain Andresen and then told to use it to decorate the tree with ornaments.

Camilla also placed a bearskin cap on one of the children and took a photo with him.

Fans commented below the video with one writing: “This was absolutely adorable”.

Matthew Frazer added: “A true officer and gentleman”.

Denise Noseworthy also wrote: “How lovely, that young bot will carry that moment with him for a lifetime. Truly lucky as most soldiers will not break their pose.”

Camilla and Prince Charles invite children from the hospice to Clarence House every year where the royals put on a big reception and celebration for them.

However, due to the pandemic last year, the tradition was carried out virtually with Camilla being given decorating instructions from the children via video link.

The nine lucky children were also offered goodie bags which were delivered to them after the event.

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Camilla said of the hospice: “They are really brilliant, aren’t they? They are the best hospice I have ever seen. They help so many people, just give you a bit of break.”

In 2019, children from the hospice did attend physically and were greeted by two reindeer upon arrival.

Camilla became Patron of Helen & Douglas House in 2007.

Some royal Christmas plans have been scuppered by the pandemic after reports say the Queen has cancelled her annual festive lunch.

A senior palace source told the Mirror: “The pre-Christmas family lunch will not be going ahead.

“The decision is a precautionary one as it is felt to put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead.

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“While there is regret that it is cancelled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all concerned.”

The lunch is usually a big event in the royal calendar with dozens of family members attending.

However, with the rising cases of Covid and the dangers of the Omicron variant, sources say the feast has been cancelled to protect the Queen.

Currently, the Queen’s Christmas celebrations at Sandringham are believed to be still going ahead but courtiers are monitoring the pandemic closely to ensure the event is safe.

On Wednesday, daily COVID-19 cases soared to 88,376 making it the highest daily infection rate since the pandemic began.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warned the pandemic will peak over the next few weeks as Health Secretary Sajid Javid said modelling suggests actual infection could be around 200,000 a day.

UK Health Security Agency’s chief medical advisor, Dr Susan Hopkins, revealed the R-rate for the Omicron variant in the UK is likely to be between three and five.

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