The Duchess of Cambridge thanked a war veteran for his service and mark 100 years of Remembrance

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
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The Duchess of Cambridge met a war veteran to learn about his experiences and thank him for his service.

The Duchess met with Colonel Blum, a 98 year old war veteran at the Royal Hospital Chelsea as they discussed the importance of Remembrance events.

This year marks 100 years of the Royal British Legion and the Colonel explained to the Duchess that it was a time in which he reflected on his own service, as well as remembered loved ones.

During the conversation, he recounted one friend in particular who was serving and was sadly killed a day or two before the end of the war.

A clip of the meeting was shared to the official social media accounts for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and, in a caption, Kate said it was “a true honour to spend time with Colonel Blum and be able to thank him for the sacrifices he made for our country.”

She added that their conversation had, “highlighted again to me why Remembrance is so important, and why we must pay our gratitude to those who fought and died so we could live in peace today.”

Kate ended the post by saying it was important that we “keep their stories alive for generations to come.”

Also at the meeting was 10 year old Emily, a Cub Scout who received her Centenary Remembrance Badge for the work she had been doing around the event, including poppy displays and parades. She shared photographs of her activities with the Duchess, who congratulated her for her achievement.

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