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Duchess Catherine shares rare photo from World War II

Duchess Catherine shares rare photo from World War II

The Duchess of Cambridge has banded with her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II to mark an incredibly special occasion. 

The 38-year-old royal and Her 94-year-old Majesty also joined forces with Prince Charles to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross. 

The Duchess shared a statement and an incredibly personal family photo of her grandmother, Valerie Middleton, who was a Voluntary Aid Detachment during World War II.

Kate's grandmother can be seen in the centre of the shot wearing a nurses' uniform as she stands alongside her colleagues.

The Duchess said: "On this anniversary, I would like to thank and remember the many thousands of staff and volunteers who over the years have contributed tirelessly to the organisation's work, including my great-grandmother, Olive and my grandmother, Valerie who both served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment with the British Red Cross."

She continued: "Like you and many others, they are both part of the rich history of the British Red Cross, which is helping to ensure many people get the support they need during a crisis. 

“In recent months, I have been deeply moved by the work you and your colleagues have continued to do throughout the coronavirus pandemic. You have all been doing an inspiring job supporting vulnerable people. "

The Queen also paid her respects to those who have served the organisation over the years by saying: "As patron of the British Red Cross I send my warmest congratulations to the staff and volunteers of the Society on the occasion of its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary.

"Whether those involved in the Society are assisting people to return home from hospital safely, offering care and support in the aftermath of a disaster, volunteering in a shop, administering first aid or some of the many other activities the British Red Cross encompasses, their contribution is recognised, valued and greatly appreciated. I send my heartfelt thanks and warmest good wishes to you all."