The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this week received devastating news and expressed their sadness at the death of Canberra mother Moira Lye. Moira lost her three-year battle with breast cancer just this week.
When Ms Lye stopped her chemotherapy treatment in April, only a week later did she watch two of her children, Sebastian and Oliver, help the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plant a memorial tree at the National Arboretum as part of their 2014 Australia tour.
Moira was proud to watch Oliver put a guiding arm around his brother Sebastian, who was born with Down syndrome, as the boys watched William and Kate toss dirt on the freshly planted tree.
Late on Wednesday was when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were informed of the sad news and a Kensington Palace spokesperson commented, “Their Royal Highnesses were saddened to hear this news”.
At the time of the Arboretum event, Ms Lye said she was very proud of her young sons adding, “I think Sebastian was more excited about being allowed to play in the playground and Oliver thought it was pretty cool. I don’t think they will realise the significance of it until later. It was such a wonderful day for all of us, to be able to create memories like that. But every day is special to us, we cherish every moment”.
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Greg Lye, Moira’s husband stated that his wife was irreplaceable and would be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Moira passed away peacefully at Clare Holland House on Saturday aged just 41 years old. She leaves behind five children, a husband and a legacy of generosity and selflessness. A Requiem Mass was held on Friday at St Christopher’s Cathedral and was followed by a private burial ceremony.
Whilst in Canberra, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Parliament House where they were greeted by, in the midst of onlookers, the Australian Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. While at the house, Prince William gave a speech in which he praised the work ethic of the Australian people and the country’s rich history.
From Parliament House, The Royal Couple made their way to the National Portrait Gallery where they viewed local works and met the artists. At the end of their trip to Canberra the Duke and Duchess were guests of honour at a reception at Government House.