New official engagement in William and Kate's diary

New parents Prince William and Kate Middleton have a new engagement in their diary.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet London Poppy Appeal staff and volunteers at Kensington Palace on 7 November.

It is part of a tour they will undertake of London on a 1960s Routemaster bus.


Royal fans will remember Kate's involvement in Remembrance Day last year. The pretty brunette joined the Windsor wives in honouring Britain's fallen for the first time and seemed to be holding back tears as her husband lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in London's Whitehall.

Wearing a black Diane von Furstenberg coat adorned with two scarlet poppies, Kate was talked through the proceedings by Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

For William, who was known as Flight Lieutenant Wales in the military, the act of remembrance has very real meaning – two dear friends of his lost their lives in combat.


Second Lieutenant Joanna Dyer, a friend from Sandhurst, died in Iraq in 2007. Major Alexis 'Lex' Roberts, his former platoon commander, was killed in Afghanistan the same year.

He has never forgotten their sacrifice. At the royal wedding places were reserved for Joanna's sister and Susan Roberts, Lex's widow.
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