Watch: Kate marks Remembrance Day by speaking to military families
The Duchess of Cambridge spent time sympathising with military families who had lost loved ones in a room featuring some of her own family photos.
Kate, 38, called bereaved families who had benefited from the Royal British Legion’s support to mark Remembrance Day.
Behind her were some snaps of her own family, including one she took of Prince George, who turned seven in the summer.
Kate made the video call from Kensington Palace where she and William live with George, Charlotte and Louis, their three children.
The duchess was sat on a cream sofa with red cushions against a backdrop of art and the family pictures.
One of them was a picture of the duchess with youngest son Prince Louis, which was taken at the Chelsea Flower Show garden she co-designed in 2019.
The photo was shared in May of that year and, at the time, Kensington Royal explained the role the three Cambridge children had in helping their mother with the garden.
“Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den,” read the post on Instagram.
It’s also possible to spot the top of a picture of Charlotte, Kate and William’s daughter, in what appears to be the picture of her with her brother on her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea.
George and Charlotte go to the day school together, and came back to normal lessons after spending lockdown and the summer in Sandringham where they were homeschooled.
Kate admitted once to keeping lessons going over the Easter break because she liked having her children in their routine.
Another image behind the royal was of Prince George, her oldest son. The picture may have special significance because it was taken by the duchess herself.
The picture shows a laughing George in an England shirt as he rolls around on the ground.
It was released to mark his sixth birthday.
It might be a family favourite, as newer images have been released since then for his seventh birthday, but it’s still a framed moment.
Another image spotted behind her was of Prince William, during a trip to Tanzania in 2018.
The image shows William smiling as he leans into a car through the window, dressed casually in a khaki shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
The picture is from a trip to the Mkomazi National Park which he took to learn about conservation efforts.
The duke is a patron of charity Tusk and takes a keen interest in animal conservation, part of what has inspired his work on global issues.
During the Remembrance call, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Charlton Taylor, 11, and his mum, Sonia Fleming, about Charlton’s father Royal Marine Michael Taylor, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Charlton showed the duchess his dad’s medals, with the royal remarking: “It’s very special that you’re wearing them.”
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, also spoke to Chantelle Wynn, from Tamworth, who was widowed in 2015 when her husband took his own life, after struggling with post traumatic stress disorder following a posting in Afghanistan with the Territorial Army.
Wynn said: “Obviously, this time of year is always really bad and with his anniversary the day before Remembrance Day, this week is really significant. But we plod on and we’ve got family who support us so we get through.”
Kate said: “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.”