The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Harry have held a party at Buckingham Palace for the children of those who have died serving in the Armed Forces.
Around 850 children were invited to The Palace. With exciting activities such as face painting, breakdancing, cupcake decorating and even a display from the RAF Falcons, Prince Harry was certainly right to say that Buckingham Palace had “never seen that much fun before.”
For those children wanting something a bit more unique The Royal Foundations Full Effect and Coach Core programmes led several workshops in beatboxing, breakdancing and other sports.
Live entertainment was provided by singer Jess Glynne and ventriloquist Nina Conti.
The Duchess of Cambridge helped launch water balloons from the palace steps from a massive slingshot.
The day concluded with a grand finale as the RAF Falcons display team parachuted into the gardens.
Prince Harry told the children and their families: “We are here to celebrate you and to remind you that we as family, we as a nation and we up and down the country will never ever forget about the sacrifices that every single one of you has made”
“We wanted to give you the opportunity to know that you are a part of, sadly, a very large group of fantastic people.”
While the day was centred around ensuring that children had a fun time there were four charities- Child Bereavement UK, Winston’s Wish, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity- were all on hand to provide information on the services and support available for any child who needed it.
All children attending the party received a handwritten note from Prince Harry which explained how much the Royals were looking forward to hosting them at Buckingham Palace.
Among the guests attending the party was Nikki Scott, mother of two, who founded charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers which aims to help the children of people who have been lost serving in the Forces. She started the charity after her husband, Cpl Lee Scott, died in Afghanistan in 2009.
Nikki Scott emphasised the fact that the party hosted by the Royals would help foster a sense of community among the children of armed forces veterans.
“The fact the royals are putting this party on shows the children they are not forgotten and people still care,” she said. “It gives them a chance to feel really special.
Hayley Armour, the wife of Corporal Peter Armour of the Royal Signals, attended with her daughter Lola. Lola had not even turned two when her father died in Oman in 2005 following a training exercise.
Hayley Armour said: “It’s really thoughtful. The way that our Royal Family is heading is absolutely amazing if this is the sort of thing they’re going to do.”