Kate Middleton comforted a young boy whose dad was killed in Afghanistan as he proudly wore the fallen serviceman’s three medals.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined husband Prince William in marking Remembrance Week with multiple video calls to both serving personnel and family of those who have died.
The royal couple, both aged 38, were part of the stripped down service at the Cenotaph on Sunday amid making heartfelt calls, with the Duke telling those serving overseas he is “grateful”.
On Tuesday, mum-of-three Kate spoke to Charlton Taylor, 11, from Rhyl, Wales, whose dad Royal Marine Michael Taylor was killed in action in 2010.
During the video call from Kensington Palace, Kate asked the schoolboy: “Are those your daddy’s medals? Wow.”
The little lad, dressed smartly in a tie and blazer, told the Duchess one medal was for his dad’s service, while the others were for his tours of Afghanistan and Iraq.
“It’s very special that you’re wearing them,” Kate said.
The royal asked Charlton to tell her about his dad but sadly he said he was too young to remember him.
Kate laughed when he added: “I think mum would explain it best. You take the floor, mum.”
Sonia Fleming then explained how her husband Michael had died when Charlton was only 10-months-old, while her other sons were 11 and 13.
“Probably the hardest thing is doing it on your own,” admitted the brave mum.
Charlton went on tell Kate he liked looking at photographs of his late dad and hear stories about him, which she said was “amazing”.
The duchess chatted to other families of armed forces personnel who have lost their lives, many of whom are supported by the Royal British Legion.
The Legion provides lifelong support to anyone who has served with the British Armed Forces and their families.
William – who joined Kate on numerous heartbreaking calls – had also spoken to deployed representatives from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force last Thursday.
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