A tender thought for a very symbolic birthday. On Tuesday August 4, Prince Charles, Kate Middleton and Alexandra of Kent, joined Elizabeth II in celebrating 150 years of the British Red Cross, of which the Queen has been the godmother for 60 years now. A very special birthday, which was celebrated by the Duchess of Cambridge in a very lovely way. If, like Elizabeth II, she sent a moving letter to the association, she especially paid tribute to two people dear to her heart: her great-grandmother, as well as her grandmother, who both officiated as nurses with the Red Cross.
In this letter to 150 employees and volunteers, Kate Middleton thanked each of them very warmly. “This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother, Olive, and my grandmother Valerie were both volunteer nurses,” she wrote, adding that the first one officiated there during the First world war and the second during the Second. A moving letter, accompanied on Twitter by a snapshot of Valerie Middleton, in the center of the photo.
Read the Duchess of Cambridge’s letter thanking 150 @BritishRedCross staff and volunteers. Kate also pays tribute to her family ties to the Red Cross. Her grandmother Valerie Middleton (pictured center) and great-grandmother Olive Middleton were Red Cross nurses. Middletons pic.twitter.com/JX3lqBam3U
– Victoria Murphy (@byQueenVic) August 3, 2020
A tribute during Remembrance Weekend
A tribute that did not stop there for Kate Middleton, who clarified that like these volunteers of the Red Cross, “and many others”, her great-grandmother and her grandmother “are part of the rich history of the British Red Cross, which helps ensure that many people receive the support they need during a crisis “, adding that she was” deeply moved by the work “of the Red Cross during the pandemic .
Very attached to her family history, the Duchess of Cambridge had already proudly claimed the work of her grandmother last November during Remembrance Weekend, by wearing a brooch in the shape of a poppy, the official symbol of Remembrance, on her coat. in tribute to his grandmother Valerie, who in addition to being a nurse for the Red Cross, was also a code breaker at Bletchley Park.
Catherine Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge visits a children’s hospital in Norwich on June 27 © Agence