The Duchess Chats about Remembrance with a Cub Scout and a World War II Veteran in New Video

A new video with the Duchess was released by Kensington Palace today.

It features the Duchess chatting with a 10-year-old Cub Scout named Emily, and 98-year-old veteran Colonel David Blum OBE. 

Here is a clip from the video. 

As noted in the Tweet above, this year also marks 100 years of the Royal British Legion.  More from The Mirror’s story. 

In the video Kate Middleton, who is joint president of The Scout Association, is in conversation with Italy star veteran Colonel David Blum OBE and 10-year old Cub Scout Emily Edge.

During their chat, which took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month, Kate speaks about the vital role that remembrance has played within our society over the past 100 years.

Colonel Blum reflects on the importance of remembrance to him, having served in Italy during the Second World War.

Below, the Colonel’s medals, as well as some personal photos and correspondence. 

More from Hello’s story. 

Colonel Blum reflected on the importance of Remembrance to him, having served in Italy during the Second World War. He revealed that he was selected for commissioning and attended the famous Sandhurst academy for his training.

“It was probably a lot tougher then than when my husband did it, but I’ve heard a lot about it,” Kate said.

Here is another quick clip. 

The threesome also spent time making poppies. 

We return to the Hello article. 

This year, Scouts across the country have been taking part in activities to commemorate the centenary of the Royal British Legion, which was created by Earl Haig in 1921. The occasion has also been marked by the creation of a new Scouts’ Centenary Remembrance Badge, an initiative spearheaded by the Duchess, which can be awarded to all those who take a meaningful part in Remembrance – including completing activities such as poppy-making or taking part in a local service.  

Kate told Emily: “You’re a huge inspiration to lots of young people,” as she awarded her with her Remembrance badge for the activities she has taken part in, including the creation of a poppy display for her local church.  

Here is one more image from the video; it shows the trio outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Now for our quick look at what Kate wore in the new video. She returned to two labels she has worn before. The first is Holland Cooper; she appeared to be wearing the brand’s Double-Breasted Blackwatch Coat (£749, roughly $1000 at today’s exchange rates).

The piece is made of 100% wool and showcases the distinctive Blackwatch tartan.  The midi-length design is made in England and features a relaxed fit, embossed goldtone buttons, notched lapels, and welt pockets.  Many thanks to Mallory for her ID of the coat.  The Duchess previously wore a blazer and coat by Holland Cooper during this May’s visit to Scotland. 

It looks like the Duchess returned to Iris and Ink, a house brand for The Outnet.  (The Outnet is Net-a-Porter’s discount/off-price site.) With thanks to Middleton Maven for the ID, Kate appeared to be wearing the Éloise Wool-Blend Turtleneck ($190) in forest green and the Ernestine Wool-Blend Midi Skirt ($215). 

The pieces are 95% wool with 5% elastane for stretch and ease of movement; the material is described as a mid-weight knit. Both feature contrasting ribbed panels. The top has a standard turtleneck collar, and the skirt features an elastic waistband and fluted hem.  Here is another view of the pieces as shown online.

The product descriptions for both items note that “This item has been made with wool derived from farms that take a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic respect for its sheep and respect animal welfare.” Both pieces are also offered in a light brown color.

We initially saw the Duchess in Iris and Ink at a December 2016 Cub Scout meeting.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance tomorrow; here is more about the event from the Legion. 

To mark 100 years since our collective national Remembrance traditions came together for the first time, we will be remembering the military and civilian, the old and young, and the British and Commonwealth men and women who have fought wars, disasters and pandemics to protect and defend Britain.   

The Royal Albert Hall site shows the Festival of Remembrance starting at 7pm local time; that is 2pm EST and 11am on the west coast.  

Also, Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Queen will take part in this year’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.   

Here is the full video. 
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