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ONE’S TEA FOR TWO: Two young fundraisers given own Palace party hosted by Queen Camilla after being forced to miss other royal events

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ONE’S TEA FOR TWO: Two young fundraisers given own Palace party hosted by Queen Camilla after being forced to miss other royal events

 

TWO young fund-raising heroes were given their very own Buckingham Palace party hosted by the Queen — after being forced to miss previous royal shindigs.

 

ONE’S TEA FOR TWO: Two young fundraisers given own Palace party hosted by Queen Camilla after being forced to miss other royal events

Tony Hudgell, nine, was due to attend a garden party in May but got stuck in a traffic jam en route, while the invitation for Lyla O’Donovan, 11, clashed with her cancer treatment. Tony — whose legs were amputated after horrific child abuse — was to have received his British Empire Medal. His devastation was clear in a message on X/Twitter, written after he and adoptive mum Paula Hudgell spent two hours stuck on the M20 because of a lorry fire.

A response on the Royal Family’s X/Twitter page indicated all was not lost. They replied: “Sorry to hear this, Tony! We were looking forward to seeing you too. Fancy trying again another day? Leave it with us.” Tony, of West Malling, Kent, and Lyla, of Catterick, North Yorks, arrived at Buckingham Palace for the re-scheduled treat last week and were given a front-row spot to watch the Changing of the Guard.

The youngsters, and families, then enjoyed a private tea party with Queen Camilla, 76, in the palace garden’s Summer House. Camilla also presented Tony with his BEM after his nomination in the 2024 New Year’s Honors.

Tony, who lost his legs as a baby due to his parents’ cruelty, had inspired the nation after doing a 10km walk, raising £1.3million, at age five.
Paula said: “We were all extremely honored and grateful to be invited for afternoon tea with the Queen. Everyone was so kind and thoughtful and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. “Tony chatted to the Queen as if they were old friends. She was lovely with him.

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