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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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Friday 19th of November 2021

That blue plaid Holland Cooper coat is one of the few things I would want to buy for myself if I could afford it that Kate has worn. I rarely feel the need to buy clothes I see on celebrities but that coat is an exception. This green version is just as nice as the blue and more muted for the Remembrance occasion. The outfit is alright too, I don't think I'd wear the skirt/turtleneck combo together because it's a little stuffy but separately they are great pieces. Very nice video of the elderly veteran and the young Cub scout.


Saturday 13th of November 2021

I am loving the sweater skirt/turtleneck cozy and wearable for the non-Duchesses among us!

I would love to see some repli-Kates for this outfit.

Kate always looks gorgeous in green, and this is no exception.

The young girl in the video is so well-spoken, I was really impressed with her poise.


Saturday 13th of November 2021

First, this interview was so lovely. I also really love this look, and think the dark green is perfect for the occasion- somber, but also something different than black, which would be too mournful for a daytime interview. The coat is patterned, which adds some interest to the outfit, but the black watch plaid is dark and understated enough to look appropriate at an event honoring veterans.


Saturday 13th of November 2021

Hmm interesting , the posts are generally positive, now I had a problem actually seeing the outfit properly as everything looked so dark , I couldn’t see much at all , even on other sites . I loved the photo on the model and that colour green was great but that is as much as I can say about that . However I was deeply moved by the interview and the interaction between the protagonists for want of a better word . Young Emily richly deserved her award , a very special young lady . It stirred deep feeling especially at this time in our history and please let us not have to go down that road again .


Saturday 13th of November 2021

This forest green is quite lovely. I really love this color on the Duchess. It strikes just the perfect mood, especially in the beautiful room they are in. Such a great backdrop for the rich, jewel-like colors they are wearing.

Photos like this (and in the last post of the Holocaust exhibit) really make you appreciate how few WWII veterans and Holocaust survivors there are left and how we should listen to their memories if they share. There are so few left.

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