On Monday, a day after Prince William and Kate attended Remembrance Sunday ceremony, the Duchess participated in a video call with armed forces families who had lost loved ones.
Wearing vintage-inspired ivory and black Ghost blouse, Kate talked with them about the impact that Remembrance week has for them and the support they’ve received from members of the community as well as the Royal British Legion.
Kate told them: “I’m sure you spend your time every day remembering your loved ones but it’s so important that the nation comes together and really spends time thinking about those who have lost their lives and the families that have been impacted.
“It’s been a real honour to speak to all of you and I think I speak for the whole nation when I say just how proud you should be of your loved ones, and for the sacrifice and the bravery that they’ve shown.
“I’ll certainly be thinking of you this difficult week and will be for many years to come.”
Duchess Kate chatted with Charlton Taylor, who was only 10 years old when his father was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.
“Are these your daddy’s medals? Wow,” she said. “It’s very special that you’re wearing them.”
Serena, from London, told the Duchess: “Very sadly on his second tour, they were inspecting a compound and an IED went off and killed Sam, his commanding officer and an interpreter.
“That was when we first met the Royal British Legion, firstly on repatriation when they were just so kind at Wootton Bassett and just so warm and loving and helpful and just friendly at a time that was so dreadfully sad.”
Prince William also held video calls with members of the RAF, Navy and Army talking about the role Remembrance plays in their lives and what it means to them.
“I hope that you know that we are still thinking about all of you and the important job you’re all doing and that everyone is very grateful,” William told Flight Sergeant Gemma Thomson, Leading Physical Instructor Damon Bell and Corporal Jiwan Kumar Thapa.
“I hope that over Remembrance Sunday we can remind people just how committed and determined, and how brilliant all the people we have in the Forces are around the world.”