Today the two Duchesses stood alongside the Queen on the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as millions fell silent to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Today marks 100 years since the signing of the treaty which ended the battle on the Western Front of the First World War at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Kate Middleton, all dressed in black, was visibly fighting tears back as she watched Prince Charles, William and Harry also pay their respects. She recently learned about her great-grandmother’s three brothers who died in World War I.
Kate spoke about her great-grandmother’s experience working as a nurse during WWI, caring for wounded servicemen in a field hospital, during a February visit to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. “This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses,” she said in a speech. “They would have learned first-hand from working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Red Cross about the care and compassion that sometimes only nurses can provide.”
Meghan Markle was also visibly moved as two minutes silence were held to remember and honour those who have suffered or died in war.
One of 100 National Citizen Service volunteers who will be marching is Josh Marr, a Plymouth University student and he said that the group is representing ‘the young people of today, the young people of the future and the young people of 100 years ago’.
‘My dad was saying he never spoke about the war, he wouldn’t want to at all because it was obviously something that really affected him. ‘It’s something I have always found really interesting, how can something affect you so badly that you would never want to talk about it? It’s an experience that we as young people and general citizens now do not come close to feeling.’
Last night members of the Royal Family got together today to attend the Festival of Remembrance in a poignant tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in Britain’s military conflicts. The event marks 100 years since the Armistice which brought World War I to a close. Kate Middleton wore a black midi-length Roland Mouret dress with an asymmetrical neckline, as she was joined by Prince William. She paired the look with Jimmy Choo pumps and had on three poppies, likely in memory of her three relatives who fought and died in the War. Her brunette locks held their signature bouncy curls. Duchess Kate went with a simple and glowing makeup look for the evening.
Meghan stepped out for the first time since the end of the royal tour of Australia, Fiji and Tonga. She looked glowing dressed in the traditional for this occasion all black outfit. Meghan wore a black blazer dress with satin bow for the occasion and carried the Falabella clutch by Stella Mccartney.