Four generations of the Royal Family have come together to support The Royal British Legion's 'Together at Christmas' initiative.
The Queen, the Legion's Patron, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George, joined forces to prepare special Royal British Legion Christmas puddings at Buckingham Palace. The puddings will become the centrepieces of next year's 'Together at Christmas' get togethers, hosted by the charity.
The charity launched their new community, in the hope they can provide extra support to the Armed Forces community at annual festive get togethers in The UK and abroad.
The events will start in 2020 and be hosted at high street locations, care homes, and other locations across the country. It is hoped that they will provide a sense of community and companionship to help combat the loneliness and isolation experienced by some members of the Armed Forces community over festive periods.
The pudding mixing session at Buckingham Palace was led by one of The Royal British Legion’s care home chefs Alex Cavaliere, and attended by four veterans - Colin Hughes, Liam Young, Lisa Evans and Barbara Hurman. A new Royal British Legion recipe was created for the launch, with the Royal Family uniquely adding poppy seeds to the mixture, in a nod to the charity’s iconic symbol of Remembrance.
The family stirred four puddings together - which traditionally brings good luck - and each placed commemorative sixpences into the mixture, ready to be found by those attending the get togethers next year. These special puddings will form part of 99 puddings distributed across the Legion’s networks in time for Christmas 2020 get togethers, marking the charity’s 99th year.