Kate gets emotional at war museum

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William

As if to emphasise how the war devastated so many households across the British Isles the Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday heard in detail for the first time how three of her great-great-uncles met the same tragic fate which befell millions of young men between 1914-1918.

Kate viewed the poppy installation at the museum entrance and was dressed in a royal blue Jenny Packham dress paired with a dusky pink clutch and matching stilettos for the occasion.

Kate, 36, joined her husband William in Essex to visit the Royal Foundation's Coach Core programme, an initiative using sport to empower those not in education or employment.

Kate also was shown a letter her great-grandfather sent about the death of one brother. It was written on the day he was killed.

Kate didn't appear to be overly emotional when she was shown the letters, but she was interested in hearing more from museum curators.

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.

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Kate said: "It's so bland, hardly any words". One of the three brothers, Lieutenant Lionel, served with 28th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, spending time in the front line trenches in France.

Francis Martineau had five children - with the other two being his two daughters, Anne, and Olive, who died in 1936.

Lionel, the youngest was killed in action only a year earlier aged 24.

The eldest Lupton brother, Major Francis A Lupton fought with the 8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in 1917.

Among the documents was also one of the official telegrams breaking the news that one of them had been killed.

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out on an engagement in Basildon, Essex today alongside Prince William.

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