The Duchess of Cambridge looked glamorous and relaxed in an Alice Temperley Grecian-style gown, as she played hostess at a reception and dinner event held at St. James’s Palace tonight.
William was close by his wife’s side, as the cause promoted at the event was one close to his heart; the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal was launched by William in 2009 and he has been a patron since that year. William lost two close friends in Iraq and Afghanistan, so honoring them and others who have fallen for their country is very important to him.
The guests were served a three-course meal at the dinner on tables decorated with tiny trees, to be planted in the 150-acre Staffordshire Arboretum, reports the Mail.
William gave a short speech before the dinner, in which he spoke of the Arboretum’s progress in the past few years; he said it has become an “iconic focal point” for the rememberance of British heroes:“For Britons today, and for generations of Britons to come, the example of dedicating one’s life to helping and protecting others and to the service of our Country remains core to our values as a Nation,” he told the audience.
“Nowhere is this lesson better taught than through contemplation of the names inscribed on the memorials in Staffordshire. 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.”
The duke hopes to help the Arboretum reach its £12 million goal, which will turn the Arboretum into a world-renowned centre for remembrance.
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