The Queen looked festive in turquoise visiting children's charity Coram
It's now officially advent and it seems it is not just us who feeling festive. The Queen visited children’s charity Coram in London to meet young people and staff and open the new Queen Elizabeth II Centre on Wednesday and looked fabulous in turquoise.
Queen Elizabeth II visited children's charity Coram earlier this week to meet the organisation's hard-working staff and children who have been helped by the charity. Her Majesty is loved for her bold colour choices and always manages to make them work, something we're not sure we could do. Sporting a vibrant turquoise dress coat and matching hat, she helped one of the children present hang a bauble on the charity's Christmas tree.
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Today, The Queen visited @coram.uk which is the oldest children's charity in the UK, to meet staff and children, as well as open the new Queen Elizabeth II Centre. The Coram charity has evolved from the "Foundling Hospital" which was created as the first home in London to care for abandoned babies. In picture five, The Queen met 102 year-old Edward Newton, the oldest surviving pupil from the hospital, and the youngest child currently receiving care, 14-month-old Mia. Her Majesty placed a decoration on the Christmas Tree and heard from young people who have been adopted. The Queen also heard from the Chief Executive who said: "Coram is as needed as ever and we shall not rest until every child is protected. The Queen Elizabeth centre will be a place where the voices of children are heard."
Coram has a long history and was the first children's home in London. On her visit last Wednesday the Queen met Edward Newton (102), who is the oldest surviving pupil from the hospital. She also met fourteen-month-old Mia, the hospital's youngest patient at the moment.
A Long Standing Relationship
The charity's relationship with The Royal Family goes back to the 1739, when King George signed the Royal Charter creating the original "Foundling Hospital". Queen Elizabeth viewed the 250-year-old charter on her visit to the charity this week.
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Established in 1739, Coram was the first home in London to care for abandoned babies and vulnerable children. Coram has a long-established relationship with The Royal Family. Following a campaign by founder, Thomas Coram, King George II signed a Royal Charter in 1739 and the original 'Foundling Hospital' was created. In the first and second picture King George V and Queen Mary visited the "Foundling Hospital" in 1926. In picture three you can see that Queen Mary then visited again in 1936 with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret where they signed the visitor's book. The Queen has also visited many times – back in 1975 in the fourth and fifth picture and most recently in 2009. Now, more than 250 years later The Queen viewed the Royal Charter signed by King George II. Over the centuries, more than 25,000 children were helped by the hospital. Now, as the children's charity 'Coram', Thomas Coram's legacy continues across the UK.
King George V and Queen Mary visited the "Foundling Hospital" in 1926 and the Queen first visited it in 1936, with Queen Mary and her sister, Princess Margaret and it is lovely to see how the relationship is still alive today.
Her Majesty opened The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, a new building which will allow even more children to be cared for.