Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reads first hand her family's poignant WWI story


The Duchess of Cambridge has been shown original documents detailing the lives and deaths of three ancestors who were killed in France during the First World War.

Kate read a letter of condolence sent on behalf of George V following the death of Major Francis A Lupton. It says: "The King realises that this is the third beloved son you have given to your Country's cause, and His Majesty trusts that you may be granted strength and comfort in the further sorrow which you have been called upon to bear".

The men were the siblings of Olive Middleton, Kate's great-grandmother, who worked as a nurse with the Voluntary Aid Detachment during the war, and was married to Richard Middleton.

To visit the Imperial war Museum in London, Kate Middleton chose a dress of rich blue color with sleeves in length three quarters, made by British designer Jenny Packham (which is in the outfits of this designer Kate appears particularly often!).

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The brothers, Francis, Maurice and Lionel Lupton, were killed on the Western Front within two years of each other. Maurice was the first family casualty of the war and was killed by a sniper in 1915 aged 28.

She also saw a telegram informing the family that Noel's body had been found. She also met with the historians and curators, and another descendant of a First World War veteran.

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