09:15AM, Thursday 08 December 2016
Three festive designs by children from her constituency will be used for Prime Minister Theresa May’s official Christmas card.
They were created as part of an annual competition run by the Maidenhead and Twyford MP and the Advertiser, which invites youngsters to send in their drawings and paintings.
It is a tradition between the paper and Mrs May which has run for more than a decade, but this year the cards will be dropping through more prestigious letterboxes than ever, thanks to her new role as leader of the country.
Out of more than 600 entries, Mrs May chose three designs, by Jade Winsor, 11, Isabelle Milnes, five, and Sophie Brazil, 11.
The girls and their families have been invited up to 10 Downing Street today (Thursday) to join Mrs May for the switching on of the Christmas lights.
The competition had the theme of ‘Christmas at Downing Street’ and judging took place when Mrs May and her husband Philip visited the Advertiser’s offices last month.
Mrs May said: “For many years I have looked forward to choosing my annual Christmas card designed by children from my constituency. That’s why I am proud this tradition will continue this year in Downing Street.
“I would like to thank all the children from Maidenhead who contributed this year. I received so many wonderful designs, each telling their own unique story of Christmas, which made it difficult to choose the final three.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming these talented young pupils to Downing Street today to switch on our Christmas lights.”
Mrs May is believed to be the first PM to run a competition like this.
Predecessors David Cameron and Tony Blair usually opted for photos of themselves with their wives, while Gordon Brown went for festive photo designs.
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