On November 11, members of the Commonwealth of Nations celebrate Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, which celebrates the end of hostilities in World War I on that date in 1918. The tradition began with Queen Elizabeth's grandfather, and it continues to this day.
Every year, people year a red remembrance poppy, which is an emblem of the day. The custom is celebrated in the countries associated with the U.K. and Europe.
Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the armistice, Kate Middleton made a very special surprise visit to the Imperial War Museum. She was there not to learn more about her husband's famous family, but to learn more about her family history.
The visit began with a viewing of the famous poppy installation at the museum entrance. Kate dressed classily for the occasion in a royal blue dress by her wedding dress designer Jenny Packham.
Following a tour of the galleries, the Duchess was shown letters from the museum's archive. The letters related to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, who all fought and died in the First World War.
The documents included letters home, a field service postcard, and a telegram informing the Middleton family the body of one of the brothers, Francis, had been found.
See the documents below:
The visit is one of a number of royal engagements marking Armistice Day. The Duke of Cambridge will attend the Submariners’ Remembrance Service and Parade on November 4 while the Queen will lead the nation in remembering those who have died in world wars at the Cenotaph memorial on November 11.