Kate showed sympathy for military families before being tipped to become colonel

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, showed sympathy for military families before being tipped to replace Prince Andrew as colonel of the Grenadier Guards, unearthed accounts show.

If appointed, the Duchess of Cambridge would become the first permanent female colonel of the regiment in its 366-year history.

Founded in 1656 by Charles II, the Grenadier Guards have fought in almost every one of the British Army’s major campaigns, including the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer wars as well as the two World Wars.

A senior member of the regiment said: “From straw polling through the ranks, they would all love it to be Kate.

“We all admire the way she has fitted in and behaved, she never seems to put a foot wrong.”

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Kate was tipped to become colonel of the Grenadier Guards (Image: Getty)

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Andrew was stripped of his royal titles earlier this month (Image: Getty)

The source added in the Sunday Times interview: “Everything she has taken on she really commits to, and we want someone who will really engage with us.”

Kate has long shown an appreciation for the armed forces, and last Remembrance Sunday even appeared close to tears as she paid tribute to the fallen at the Cenotaph.

A year earlier, she also received praise after a touching video call in which she comforted the families of military personnel who had died.

After hearing about the work of the Royal British Legion Kate said: “I’m sure you spend your time every day remembering your loved ones, but it’s so important that the nation comes together and really spends time thinking about those who have lost their lives and the families that have been impacted.

Grenadier Guards

The Grenadier Guards were founded in 1656 by Charles II (Image: Getty)

“I’ll certainly be thinking of you this difficult week and will be for many years to come.”

Among a number of exchanges Kate spoke to 11-year-old Charlton Taylor, who was ten months old when his Royal Marine father Michael Taylor was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

The Duchess of Cambridge said: “Are these your daddy’s medals? Wow.”

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Kate appeared close to tears as she paid tribute to the fallen at the Cenotaph (Image: Getty)

Charlton explained that one was from Afghanistan, and the other was from Iraq, to which Kate replied: “It’s very special you’re wearing them.”

The boy then added that he liked looking at photographs of his late father and hearing stories about him, which Kate said was “amazing”.

The Duchess of Cambridge also heard from Serena Alexander whose son Sam was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, two years after receiving the military cross for rescuing his commanding officer from the Taliban.

Ms Alexander explained that on her son’s second tour an IED went off, and killed Sam, his commanding officer and an interpreter.

William

William served in the army for over seven years (Image: Getty)

She told Kate that the Royal Legion had been a “kind of comfort blanket” of support in the aftermath of her son’s death.

The Legion provides lifelong support to anyone who served with the British Armed Forces and their families.

Praising the charity, Kate said: “Sadly not everybody gets to see that or even actually understands the role they play for families such as yourselves.

“It has such a big impact, particularly at such tragic times.”

Prince William also joined Kate on a number of heartbreaking calls and spoke to deployed representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

The Duke of Cambridge completed seven-and-a-half years of military service and is patron of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Honorary Air Commandant of Royal Air Force Coningsby.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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