Three days before Christmas, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall spread cheer at separate charities. Prince Charles opened the new building at the Cotswold Care Hospice in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire on December 22, 2008. The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Emmaus charity shop in Nailsworth, also in Gloucestershire.

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Prince Charles chats with one of the patients at the Cotsworld Care Hospice on December 22, 2008.

Prince Charles is the patron of the Cotsworld Care Hospice, which officially opened in 1990. The new £2.8million facility can provide care for 100 patients every week.

“This care building has made a great difference to all the people here”, said Prince Charles. “The staff here make a huge difference to all the patients that come in. It is pleasing this remarkable service can be provided in this part of the county.”

After the official ceremony, Prince Charles toured the facilities and met the hospice residents, staff and supporters.

In turn, Camilla, who is Patron of Emmaus, stopped by the charity secondhand shop and found a good bargain! The Duchess of Cornwall bought a wooden toy truck for £3, saying it was a gift for her granddaughters. Camilla also gave a gift to the staff of Emmaus: a Christmas cake from Highgrove, Prince Charles’ organic produce shop.

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in front of the Emmaus charity shop in Gloucestershire on December 22, 2008.

Emmaus supports the homeless, giving them a “home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment”.

Late that day, Camilla received staff and children from LATCH, the Welsh Children’s cancer charity, at Highgrove House.

sources: This is Gloucestershire, Telegraph; Images:Newscom