Queen vis­its char­ity as boy runs off

South Wales Evening Post - - SMARTER FOR 10 -

A MEET­ING with the Queen was so over­whelm­ing for one lit­tle boy that he dropped to the floor and crawled out of the near­est door, shout­ing “Bye” to amused on­look­ers.

Nine-year-old Nathan Grant was in­tro­duced to the monarch as part of her visit to Co­ram, the UK’S old­est chil­dren’s char­ity.

Based at the site of The Foundling Hospi­tal in Lon­don, Co­ram has helped vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren since it gained the Royal Char­ter in 1739.

The Queen vis­ited the char­ity to open a na­tional cen­tre for chil­dren named in her hon­our.

The Queen was greeted on ar­rival by Ed­ward New­ton, 102, the old­est sur­viv­ing pupil from The Foundling Hospi­tal.

Mr New­ton men­tioned to the Queen that he re­mem­bered King Ge­orge’s visit to the hospi­tal in 1926, say­ing: “I was a lit­tle tot.”

Au­thor Dame Jacque­line Wil­son and former Fame Academy judges David and Car­rie Grant, who are Nathan’s par­ents, were among those at­tend­ing.

Later the Queen went out­side of the cen­tre to add a dec­o­ra­tion to Co­ram’s Christ­mas tree.

She came to the aid of eight-year-old Shy­lah Gor­donclarke as she strug­gled to add her own dec­o­ra­tion to the tree.

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