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Kate Middleton has been seen comforting an 11 year old boy who lost his father after he was killed in Afghanistan.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, joined a video call with Charlton Taylor and his mother Sonia as part of the royal family’s efforts to remember the war dead this week.
Kate and her husband Prince William, also, 38, were seen at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on Sunday 8 November.
As the couple continue to mark Remembrance Week, Kate spoke to the families who have lost loved ones in action via video call to hear more about what Remembrance means to them.
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During one touching moment, mum-of-three Kate was seen talking with Charlton, 11, from Rhyl, Wales, who’s father was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.
The young boy was seen wearing three medals on his chest, which belonged to his dad, Royal Marine Michael Taylor.
Charlton pointed at the medals and explained: “One’s for the service, one’s for Afghanistan and one’s for Iraq.”
Duchess Kate joined the video call from Kensington Palace and told the young boy: “Are those your daddy's medals?”
The young boy gestured yes to which Kate added: “It’s very special you’re wearing them.”
Kate went on to ask if the young boy could tell her more about his late father, but laughed when he said: “I think mum would explain it best, you take the floor, Mum.”
Charlton’s mother Sonia Fleming explained how her husband died when Charlton was just ten months old and her other sons were 11 and 13.
She admitted: “Probably the hardest thing is doing it on your own.”
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Charlton then told Kate, who recently had a day out with her children where she was barely recognised, that he liked looking at photographs of his dad, Michael, and hearing stories about him.
The mother and son were one of a number of bereaved family members Kate chatted to via video call.
In the touching video Kate was heard telling those who had lost loved ones in the armed forces: “Thank you so much, honestly, 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 bravery they’ve shown and I will certainly be thinking of you this difficult week and in many years to come, so thank you so much.”
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