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A confident Duchess of Cambridge took on the role of interviewer in a heartwarming new video commemorating the centenary of the Royal British Legion. 

Kate, 39, was joined by Second World War veteran Colonel David Blum OBE, 98, and ten-year old Cub Scout Emily Edge, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month to discuss the continued importance of Remembrance events, and their respective experiences in the Scouts. 

The Duchess, elegant in a £749 Holland Cooper coat, chaired the wide-ranging conversation, which took in Colonel Blum’s memories of the war and saw the trio make poppies under Emily’s instruction. At one point Kate also joked about her husband Prince William’s time at Sandringham.  

The slickly produced video, titled A Conversation Between Generations, was released today on the Kensington Palace YouTube account.   

Kate was joined by Second World War veteran Colonel David Blum OBE, 98, and ten-year old Cub Scout Emily Edge, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea this month to discuss the continued importance of Remembrance events, and their respective experiences in the Scouts

Kate was joined by Second World War veteran Colonel David Blum OBE, 98, and ten-year old Cub Scout Emily Edge, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea this month to discuss the continued importance of Remembrance events, and their respective experiences in the Scouts

Kate was joined by Second World War veteran Colonel David Blum OBE, 98, and ten-year old Cub Scout Emily Edge, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea this month to discuss the continued importance of Remembrance events, and their respective experiences in the Scouts

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Seated in a plush armchair on one side of the wood-panelled room, the Duchess of Cambridge embraced the role of interviewer and provided Emily and Colonel Blum with different conversational prompts throughout the eight-minute video

Seated in a plush armchair on one side of the wood-panelled room, the Duchess of Cambridge embraced the role of interviewer and provided Emily and Colonel Blum with different conversational prompts throughout the eight-minute video

 Seated in a plush armchair on one side of the wood-panelled room, the Duchess of Cambridge embraced the role of interviewer and provided Emily and Colonel Blum with different conversational prompts throughout the eight-minute video

Seated in a plush armchair on one side of the wood-panelled room, the Duchess of Cambridge embraced the role of interviewer and provided Emily and Colonel Blum with different conversational prompts throughout the eight-minute video. 

Opening, she said: ‘It’s lovely to meet both of you. And it’s wonderful to be here at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, to talk about Remembrance, especially during the centenary of the Royal British Legion. 

‘I just wanted to start off by hearing a little bit about both of your stories and a little bit about both of you.’ 

Colonel Blum said: ‘I was a Pimlico boy and I got called up for the Army. I was actually called up to Aberdeen. Then I was selected for commissioning and I went to Sandhurst.’

Kate jumped in to add: ‘It was probably tougher then than it was when my husband did it, but I’ve heard a lot about Sandhurst.’

Colonel Blum agreed: ‘It had its moments.’

Colonel Blum also showed the Duchess photos from his private album, including one of his wife, and revealed he was given leave from the Army to return home for his wedding

Colonel Blum also showed the Duchess photos from his private album, including one of his wife, and revealed he was given leave from the Army to return home for his wedding

Colonel Blum also showed the Duchess photos from his private album, including one of his wife, and revealed he was given leave from the Army to return home for his wedding

The Duchess of Cambridge invited Colonel Blum and Emily to share their respective experiences with the Scouts during the discussion, filmed by Kensington Palace cameras

The Duchess of Cambridge invited Colonel Blum and Emily to share their respective experiences with the Scouts during the discussion, filmed by Kensington Palace cameras

The Duchess of Cambridge invited Colonel Blum and Emily to share their respective experiences with the Scouts during the discussion, filmed by Kensington Palace cameras 

During their conversation, which took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month, The Duchess spoke with Colonel Blum and Emily about the vital role that Remembrance has played within our society over the past 100 years

During their conversation, which took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month, The Duchess spoke with Colonel Blum and Emily about the vital role that Remembrance has played within our society over the past 100 years

During their conversation, which took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month, The Duchess spoke with Colonel Blum and Emily about the vital role that Remembrance has played within our society over the past 100 years

Ten-year-old Emily told the Duchess she is a Cub who hopes to move up to the Scouts. 

Colonel Blum revealed he had been in the Scouts for ‘many years’ before the war and joked the most important skill he learned was ‘how to make porridge’.

Emily told how Scouts had helped her ‘bring up her courage and confidence’.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Joint-Presidents of the Scouts, praised the organisation, saying: ‘That’s what’s fantastic, isn’t it, about Scouts, you get so many opportunities to try different activities, to test yourself and also as a learning experience as well.’ 

This year, Scouts across the country have been taking part in activities to commemorate the centenary of the Royal British Legion, which was created by Earl Haig in 1921.

The occasion has also been marked by the creation of a new Scouts’ Centenary Remembrance Badge, an initiative spearheaded by The Duchess, which can be awarded to all those who take a meaningful part in Remembrance – including completing activities such as poppy-making or taking part in a local service.

Colonel Blum said: 'I was a Pimlico boy and I got called up for the Army. I was actually called up to Aberdeen. Then I was selected for commissioning and I went to Sandhurst'

Colonel Blum said: 'I was a Pimlico boy and I got called up for the Army. I was actually called up to Aberdeen. Then I was selected for commissioning and I went to Sandhurst'

Colonel Blum said: ‘I was a Pimlico boy and I got called up for the Army. I was actually called up to Aberdeen. Then I was selected for commissioning and I went to Sandhurst’

In the film, Her Royal Highness is seen awarding Emily with her Remembrance badge for the activities she has taken part in, including the creation of a poppy display for her local church

In the film, Her Royal Highness is seen awarding Emily with her Remembrance badge for the activities she has taken part in, including the creation of a poppy display for her local church

In the film, Her Royal Highness is seen awarding Emily with her Remembrance badge for the activities she has taken part in, including the creation of a poppy display for her local church

At the end of the film, the Duchess awarded Emily with her Remembrance badge for the activities she has taken part in, including the creation of a poppy display for her local church. 

Turning the topic to Remembrance, Kate asked Colonel Blum: ‘I’d love to hear what Remembrance means for you and why this time of year is so important.’  

The war veteran, who holds the Italy Star, responded: ‘I have to say I lost a few friends. One in particular I remember, he was killed a day or two before the war ended. That, I must say, affected me quite a bit. You wrote to their families, to say how sorry you were to have to tell them about this.’  

Emily added: ‘I think it’s important to remember all of the servicemen and women who risked or sacrificed their life so that we can live freely and happily today.’  

Colonel Blum spoke about the friends he has lost in the years since the war and said there were so few people with whom he could share his memories

Colonel Blum spoke about the friends he has lost in the years since the war and said there were so few people with whom he could share his memories

Colonel Blum spoke about the friends he has lost in the years since the war and said there were so few people with whom he could share his memories

The Duchess reflected on the longevity of Remembrance, saying: ‘It’s amazing to think Remembrance has been part of the fabric of society [for just over 100 years]. It’s fantastic that an idea that was initiated then is still relevant today.’

Colonel Blum also showed the Duchess photos from his private album, including one of his wife, and revealed he was given leave from the Army to return home for his wedding. She sadly died 18 years ago. 

He continued: ‘Sadly for me, there fewer and fewer people around now who I’m able to share memories with. It’s a fact that when you get to 98, as I am, they’ve mostly gone. Which is sad. 

‘But, I turn out every Remembrance Day. I used to go up to Whitehall but now I have to do a local parade with the British Legion in Staines, where I live.’  

The Duchess, Joint-Presidents of the Scouts, praised the organisation and its work

The Duchess, Joint-Presidents of the Scouts, praised the organisation and its work

The Duchess, Joint-Presidents of the Scouts, praised the organisation and its work

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Queen, at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday. 

The Palace said previously it was the Queen’s ‘firm intention’ to attend the annual wreath-laying service in Whitehall.

The monarch, who lived through the Second World War as a teenager, is head of the Armed Forces and attaches great importance to the poignant service and to commemorating the sacrifices made by fallen servicemen and women.

William and Kate will also attend the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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