POORLY youngsters were given a right royal treat to mark today’s wedding.
Patients aged three to 14 gathered at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s playroom yesterday to hold a special tea party.
After spending the last month giving the room a royal flavour with bunting, pictures and paintings, the youngsters celebrated with a host of activities, including creating crowns fit for a king and queen.
They also sat on two thrones, where they had their pictures taken while pretending to be princes and princesses.
Each child was given a commemorative mug and a piece of cake.
Matron Pauline Palmer, who organised the event, said: “We had a little party for the Royal Wedding and it was beautiful.
“The children really enjoyed it and it was nice to see them.
“I decided I wanted to do something because these are the people that will become king and queen during their lifetime, and I wanted to do something that would trigger a memory with them.
“I want them in the future to have that memory of being in hospital and enjoying a little party.
“We made sure all of the children who couldn’t make it up to the ward didn’t miss out, so we took round pieces of cake and party food for them.”
As well as yesterday’s party, the ward will be hosting another today for those youngsters who were unable to make it, with more party food and the chance to watch Kate marry William.
Mrs Palmer added: “I really think they’ve all enjoyed it, especially because a month ago they didn’t really know what it was all about.
“Now, after decorating and talking about it, they are all excited and can’t wait to see the wedding.
“I’m even getting mums and dads coming up to me saying they’ve decided to have a party too, so it’s been a real family affair.”