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Published Time: 12.05.2024 - 02:40:16 Modified Time: 12.05.2024 - 02:40:16

Royal gesture of support revealed during chat with nurses and families in Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity visit Aaron Chown/PA The Queen has revealed that she waves to air ambulances when they fly above her garden

Royal gesture of support revealed during chat with nurses and families in Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity visit

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The Queen has revealed that she waves to air ambulances when they fly above her garden.

Camilla, 76, was chatting to paramedics on a visit to the Royal London Hospital to mark International Nurses Day.

She thanked nurses for the “wonderful” work they do as she was told by the parents of a seriously ill child that they were the “guiding light in the darkest days”.

The Queen was introduced to paramedics based at the hospital who work for London Air Ambulance, telling them their work was “very impressive”.

She added: “I am the ambulance patron in Wiltshire, so when I see the helicopters flying overhead at home I stand outside and wave at them.”

‘Thank you for the wonderful work’

Her Majesty, who retreats to her private home, Ray Mill in Wiltshire, whenever she is able, is patron of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust.

She was at the hospital in her role as patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and met some of the specialist nurses who work for the organisation.

“Thank you for the wonderful work you do,” she told them.

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The charity provides specialist nurses and care for children with some of the most complex health conditions in the UK.

The Queen was also introduced to some of the patients and families supported by the charity, among them two-year-old Taymiyyah Amin, who is receiving palliative care.

Taymiyyah’s mother, Seham Amin, 34, said later: “I told Queen Camilla how our Roald Dahl nurse Holly has been the guiding light in the darkest days.

“She’s been helping us and we’ve had some tough journeys, difficult times. Sometimes emotional support is all you need.

“We’ve seen a different side to what you see on TV, we’ve seen how humble and lovely she is. 

“I was so nervous but as soon as I had that first chat with her, she made me feel at ease.”

Taymiyyah’s father, Salah Hassan, 37, added: “Queen Camilla being here shows that she really cares about the charity and supporting the vulnerable.”

‘She raises the profile of the charity’

Roald Dahl nurse Holly Killick, who has been helping the Amin family for four months, said: “I was quite nervous to meet Queen Camilla but she asked about my role and what I enjoyed about it.

“Her coming here today raises the profile of the charity and it was really nice for her to ask us what we enjoyed about the jobs and why it’s important to us.”

The Queen also met Shaheda, 32, whose 16-month-old daughter has cerebral palsy and is receiving care from the Roald Dahl nurses.

“It (the charity) must make a huge difference to your life,” Camilla observed.

Shaheda replied: “Absolutely, I am always ing the nurses for advice. 

“They’re very quick at replying and it’s just been such a great help. 

“It’s that weight off our shoulders. As parents, we have a lot to deal with.”

She acknowledged afterwards that her daughter “so loved” meeting the Queen but that the experience was “bittersweet”.

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Charlotte Duhig, a specialist neurology nurse who cares for the family, revealed that she currently cares for 600 families.

She told the Queen she had been in the nursing industry for seven years, prompting her to exclaim: “You’re much too young!”

There are now over 150 Roald Dahl Nurses supporting more than 36,000 seriously ill children.

Every Christmas, the Queen, who has been patron of the charity since 2017, invites patients and their families to Clarence House to help decorate the Christmas tree.

‘It means the world to us’

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