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Queen Camilla receives sweet note with playdate request for Princess Charlotte!

King Charles's wife was on a solo visit in Battersea


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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
9 February 2023
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All eyes were on Queen Consort Camilla on Thursday as she stepped out for a solo visit in London.

The royal was warmly welcomed during her trip to the STORM family centre which supports adults and children affected by domestic violence, as it celebrated its 19th birthday.

And the excited onlookers were visibly delighted as they got the chance to meet their VIP visitor - who was more than happy to get stuck in with the activities on offer, including making a scented candle and signing a painting as you can see below...

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But for one little girl the encounter meant just one thing – the opportunity to secure a playdate with Princess Charlotte!

Charlotte, eight, known to her family as Charlie-Rose, passed a slightly crumpled note to the royal guest as she was enjoying a cup of tea. The little girl said afterwards: "She said she would give my note to Charlotte, I'm hoping she'll agree, you never know... I think I'll go to her house."

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The schoolgirl, who has donated toys to the centre, was joined by her dad Wayne Hickson, 39, himself invited to the event as his mother is a volunteer with the charity.

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Wayne said: "The note read, 'Dear Princess Charlotte, My name is Charlotte-Rose and I'm eight.' It said her primary school and where we lived and said did she fancy a play date. It ended with, 'Here's my phone number, hopefully you will, love Charlie-Rose.'"

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He continued: "She asked me about it a few weeks ago and I said what did she have to lose? She was almost too scared to do it this morning but then got the courage to do it. She was quite nervous though.

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"Camilla told her that she liked her dress and she would pass the note on for her."

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During her visit, Camilla had the chance to step inside the community kitchen where she met some of the centre's attendees, along with nursery staff and volunteer helpers.

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She also spent time with some survivors during a domestic violence discussion over a cup of tea, before joining a reception where some of the activities that STORM offers were showcased: including candle making, art lessons and computer skills.

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Down-to-earth Camilla really got stuck in, and was happy to pick up paint pens and add some finishing touches to a canvas, before signing her initials, CR.

King Charles's wife then unveiled a commemorative plaque and cut a cake to celebrate her visit to STORM.

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Storm was founded by Marie Hanson when, in 2004 as a heavily pregnant mother, she found herself living in her car after fleeing domestic violence.

In an impromptu brief speech, Camilla told her host: "I'd like to say a huge thank you, to you, for all you're doing for domestic abuse and (these) women being abused.

"I've been to a lot of centres all the way around the country, but I seldom come to ones like this where there's so much going on to help the community."

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