Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
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Duchess of Cambridge shows off her tennis skills in Essex

Duchess of Cambridge shows off her tennis skills in Essex

Another was a letter of condolence sent on behalf of George V, dated 4 April 1917, offering condolences to the death of the three Lupton brothers. The life they knew is turned on its head and they often have to leave family and friends behind, a new documentary about the Duchess of Cambridge shows.

The brothers, Francis, Maurice and Lionel Lupton, were killed on the Western Front within two years of each other. Kate, who was visiting ahead of Armistice Day, looked lovely in a blue dress and proudly pinned a red poppy brooch to her chest.

"I'm sure so many families had this type of letter and sad stories", she said.

Her family's letters formed part of the museum's documents archive and provided an insight into the soldiers' time spent in the trenches.

"My daughter is now 17 but it was one of her favourite books when she was young".


Captain Maurice Lupton served with the 7th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and also spent time in the trenches.

The scheme was set up by The Royal Foundation following the London Olympics 2012 to inspire young people aged 16 to 24 with sport and create the next generation of sports coaches who will themselves go on to inspire their communities for many more generations to come.

Catherine looked at ease as she ditched her smart blazer and got stuck into a game of tennis with a group of school children, while Prince William showed off his throwing skills by launching a foam javelin across the sports hall.

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that she regularly teaches her children about the importance of hugs.

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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