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Queen Camilla pampers children who missed Buckingham Palace visit

Tony Hudgell, a young fundraiser, experienced a wave of disappointment after heavy traffic caused him to miss a garden party at Buckingham Palace. However, his spirits were lifted last week when he was granted a private tea party with the Queen.

Tony, who is nine years old, was joined by 11-year-old Lyla Donovan at the Summer House in the palace gardens. Lyla had also missed the official party due to health issues. Both children attended the private event along with their families and were treated to sandwiches, scones, and King’s Guard-designed iced biscuits.

The Queen made the occasion even more special by presenting Tony with his British Empire Medal. Tony received the New Year’s Honour for his efforts in raising almost £2 million for the Evelina Children’s Hospital, which has the Princess of Wales as its patron. The nine-year-old is the youngest ever recipient of this honour, awarded for his contributions to preventing child abuse. Tony’s remarkable journey is marked by his personal story of overcoming horrific abuse by his birth parents, which led to the amputation of both his legs.

In May, Paula Hudgell, Tony’s adoptive mother, shared their disappointment on social media about missing the garden party. The Royal Family’s official account responded, expressing regret and suggesting a future opportunity for Tony. This promise turned into reality with the special tea party.

Before the tea party, Tony and Lyla had the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard from inside the palace forecourt. They also enjoyed a tour of the Royal Mews, soaking in the history and grandeur of the Royal residence.

Lyla, who is battling a rare brain tumour and has also raised funds for seriously ill children, expressed her gratitude, mentioning how comfortable and cherished everyone made them feel. Paula shared her heartfelt appreciation, emphasizing how Tony chatted with the Queen as if they were long-time friends. She described the moment Tony received his British Empire Medal from the Queen as exceptionally proud and memorable.

Meanwhile, a new portrait of the King was revealed to mark Armed Forces Day, which celebrates military personnel, service families, veterans, and cadets. The photograph, taken by Hugo Burnard last November at Windsor Castle, showcases His Majesty in his full ceremonial attire, complete with medals, sword, and decorations.

To commemorate the occasion, the Queen, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers, released a video message reflecting on her recent visit to Normandy for the D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations. In her message, she thanked members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families for their service, acknowledging the impact military life has on families and referring to them as heroes.

“As the proud daughter of an Army officer, I know something of the impact military life has on your loved ones – you too are heroes,” she addressed them warmly.

Source: Hello