The Duchess of Cornwall unveils Clarence House Christmas display

Clarence House has become the latest royal residence to be decorated for Christmas – and there were some special little helpers on hand to add the perfect finishing touches to the Christmas tree. The Duchess of Cornwall invited a group of children from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity to her official London home on Wednesday, where they helped to decorate her Christmas tree before enjoying tea together.

It is the 12th year that Prince Charles' wife has hosted the party, which she has previously said is one of her favourite engagements of the year. And during a speech on Wednesday, Camilla said it felt like "today is the start of Christmas", adding: "It is such a joy to meet all of you. I hope the children have enjoyed themselves as much as I have."

TAP TO VIEW GALLERY The tree was decorated at Clarence House on Wednesday

The group, which included children with terminal and life-limiting medical conditions, did a great job of bringing some festive cheer to the residence. They helped to decorate the tree with paper chains, baubles and garlands, all in a traditional colour scheme of red and gold, with twinkling white lights.

Camilla hosted the event one day after the Queen's London home, Buckingham Palace, was decorated ahead of the holidays. "Christmas has arrived at Buckingham Palace! ]]>🎄

The Clarence House Christmas