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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprise army families with special visit


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The partners and children of serving members of the Armed Forces welcomed some very special guests to their coffee morning on Wednesday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex popped in to see military families living near them in Windsor and hear their experiences.

Harry and Meghan dropped in to the event at a Broom Farm Community Centre and spent time with army personnel and their loved ones. During the visit, the couple heard about the challenges posed for army families by long separations and the demands this can place on them.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared videos of the morning on their official Instagram account on Thursday, where they were seen playing with many of the children at the event as well as talking to their parents and relations.

In the post, Sussex Royal said the visit to Broom Farm was ” a reminder that a life of service does not simply describe the person wearing the uniform, but the entire family”.

The post came a few hours after royal reporters revealed the event had been embargoed for publication until Wednesday morning at 9am but details had emerged when it was mentioned in the Court Circular late on Tuesday night.

The surprise drop in comes in a week filled with events for the whole Royal Family as part of the ongoing events leading up to Remembrance Sunday this year. Also on Wednesday, the Queen visited the Royal British Legion Industries village in Kent to mark its centenary. Her Majesty will lead the Royal Family in acts of remembrance throughout the week including the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday.

On Remembrance Sunday itself, the Queen will lead the UK’s national act of remembrance in London. Her Majesty will oversee the event from a balcony on Whitehall while the Prince of Wales lays her wreath, given on behalf of the nation, at the Cenotaph in memory of all those who have lost their lives in service of their country.



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