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I was disappointed to hear this as it will be a difficult time for our favourite royal couple, no doubt Kate will miss William terribly while he's away. It is reportedly the longest time the couple have spent apart, Despite this the couple are said to have discussed it at length and Kate is 'very supportive'.
The National Memorial Appeal hopes to raise £12 million in the next year. The 150 acre Aboretum began planting in 1997. William got involved in 2009 after visiting to remember friends who died in action. For anyone interested in visiting admission is free and it is open daily apart from Christmas day. The Aboretum relies on donations and organisations for funding. If you wish to donate Click Here. You can also purchase items such as books and a poppy umbrella Here. In his speech Prince William described the Aboretum as an
"Iconic focal point for the nations remembrance of British heroes. It is a place of sanctuary for those who come to remember and a place of quiet pride in the selflessness and sacrifice of those who have gone before. It is also a place of education".
Prince William's passion about remembering soldiers who have lose their lives was demonstrated this week when he wrote a strongly worded letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter asking to have the ban on England players wearing poppies overturned. (Wearing a poppy at this time of the year is a mark of respect for fallen soldiers). FIFA immediately backed down, This shows the power the monarchy have to do good. I was delighted to hear the ban was overturned and Prince William did a wonderful job. Will you all be wearing poppies this weekend? :) William and Kate are wearing theirs this evening...
Duchess Kate looked simply breathtaking in a pale silver, one shoulder, floor length gown. She looked like a Grecian goddess. Absolutely beautiful. We haven't seen Kate in a one shoulder dress until now and it compliments her tall, slender frame perfectly The dress is by British designer Jenny Packham.(With thanks to Mrs Regal Eyes) The satin chiffon dress was made especially for the Duchess.
One shoulder chiffon dresses from the Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
Angelina Jolie was photographed in a similar Jenny Packham dress earlier this year.
I believe the Duchess is also wearing her Jimmy Choo Vamp Glitter Sandals.
Kate is noticeably wearing new diamond earrings. A poster on What Kate Wore remembered the earrings from Here.
Beauty Jewellery said
"We can confirm that the earrings worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday are from Beaut's vintage collection. The design is part of a collection supplied exclusively to Jenny Packham".
A truly wonderful evening for the Cambridge's. Duchess Kate is becoming more beautiful at every royal engagement :) There was great excitement about tonight's event, (If any of you are on Twitter you would see how many tweets BBC's Peter Hunt received asking about the dress....)
"It was fab to meet them. They said they were sorry to hear about Gary and they were so sincere and interested. I felt they could have been my son and daughter. When I heard he was going to the Falklands I felt for his wife and the worry she must have. When you love someone you're going to miss them terribly".
You can watch a video from the evening here.
Sources (Newscom, Daylife.com Daily Mail, Mirror, What Kate Wore,Monique Jessen Via Twitter, Royal Reporter Via Twitter)