The Queen visits children's charity, Coram


The Queen has visited children’s charity Coram to meet young people and staff and open the new Queen Elizabeth II Centre, on Wednesday 5th December.

Coram was the first home in London to care for abandoned babies and vulnerable children. Her Majesty met 102 year-old Edward Newton, the oldest surviving pupil from the hospital, and the youngest currently receiving care, 14-month-old Mia. 

Her Majesty meets Edward and Mia at the opening of The Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Lewis, who was adopted just before Christmas after an "adoption party", where children meet prospective parents, also met The Queen and presented Her Majesty with a book.  

Her Majesty meets Lewis at the opening of The Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Before leaving, The Queen and Shyla, aged 8, placed decorations on the Coram Christmas tree.

The Queen helps decorate the Coram Christmas tree at the opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre

The charity has a long-established relationship with The Royal Family which began in 1739, when King George II signed a Royal Charter, thus creating the original ‘Foundling Hospital’. Over 250 years after it was signed, The Queen views The Royal Charter. 

The Queen views the Charter at the opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Royal Charter

The connection continued when King George V and Queen Mary visited the “Foundling Hospital” in 1926 and again when Queen Mary then visited in 1936 with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. 

King George and Queen Mary Visit Coram

The relationship continues today.


The Queen also opened The Queen Elizabeth II Centre which will be used to care for more children. 

The Queen opens the Queen Elizabeth II Centre

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