Kate Middleton Gets Sentimental As She Pays Homage To Fallen Family Warriors In The Imperial Museum
November 5, 2018 13:45 By Mambee
The freedom of a nation does not come without the loss of some brave warriors' lives, and their loved ones suffer from the pain and grief their absence leaves. As time goes by, the pain dulls and healing may come, but we still do all we can to keep the memory of our loved ones alive.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, knows what it feels like, and she recently honored her fallen family members.
The Duchess visited the Imperial War Museum to pay her respect to fallen soldiers, and while there, she was shown letters which connected her to the World War I.
The letters showed the messages her great-grandmother’s three brothers had shared with her. They had each fought and died in the war. She was also shown letters of condolences to her family from the keeper of the Privy Purse at Buckingham Palace.
The visit was an emotional experience for the Duchess, especially as she read letters that had connected her family to a brutal war and its effects. None great-granduncles survived the war.
Kate was dressed elegantly in a royal blue, long-sleeved dress designed by Jenny Peckham, wearing on her legs nude heels for this occasion. She paired the simple but classy look with her classy nude clutch, a silver wrist watch and let her hair loose.
The Duchess’ great-grandmother, Olive, also played her part in the war as she worked as a nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Her father, Francis Martineau Lupton gave birth to five children, which of three were lost to war.
One of the letters which the Duchess viewed was from the second son, Captain Maurice Lupton; he was the first to be killed out of the three brothers, in 1915, while serving in the 7th Battalion West.
The second of the letters was from Lieutenant Lionel Lupton; he lost his life while he was in action in 1915, just three days after his brother had been killed. He served with the 28th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
Francis Martineau Lupton, The Duchess’s great-great-grandfather, had five children.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 31, 2018
The two youngest brothers, Captain Maurice Lupton and Lieutenant Lionel M Lupton went to France within 3 days of each other in 1915. pic.twitter.com/RHvlvUZFdf
The eldest Lupton brother, Major Francis A Lupton fought with the 8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in 1917.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 31, 2018
Sadly, each of the brothers was killed in action over a period of three years: Maurice in 1915, Lionel in 1916 and Francis in 1917. pic.twitter.com/kLu3EC9sAv
The last letter she read was from Major Francis Lupton, the eldest of the brothers. He served in the 8th Battalion West Yorkshire; a bomb killed him on February 17, 1917. He was the last surviving brother.
While still in the museum, the Duchess looked at the World War Galleries; she also met other descendants of a World War I soldiers.
It's interesting how, long before she was even born - Kate's family had long been making an impact in the name of the British Kingdom.
They sure must be very proud of her commitment to serving her country!