Published: Fri, November 02, 2018

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

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.

As millions of American step out with clever and unique looks for the holiday, Kate Middleton chose to keep things classy and attractive once again as she attended a special event.

Kate Middleton, 36, who gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis, on 23 April this year, wore a blazer, boots and skintight black jeans for the royal engagement.

Francis Martineau Lupton, the Duchess's great-great-grandfather, had five children. A letter from Maurice to his father on 24 May 1915 reads, "Lionel was here the day before yesterday for a bit, & I have seen him two or three times in the last few days".

The Duchess was shown several of the documents including a letter of condolence to her family from the Keeper of the Privy Purse at Buckingham Palace. His three sons Francis, Maurice and Lionel were all killed in action while serving during the First World War.


The eldest Lupton brother, Major Francis A Lupton fought with the 8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in 1917. Olive and her younger sister Anne were both Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses with the British Red Cross during the War.

She was also shown a letter sent by her great-grandfather about the death of one of the young men.

Her attendance comes ahead of Armistice Day on 11 November. And in that respect at least the Royal Family were no different to everyone else.

Her visit to the museum is her second official royal engagement this week after she attended the Coach Core Essex program in Basildon with Prince William on Tuesday.

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