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Royals host palace party for kids of fallen armed forces heroes

By Tony Jones

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, are to stage a Buckingham Palace tea party to honour the children of those who have died serving in the armed forces.

William, Kate and Harry will welcome the youngsters to the event - being staged in the palace gardens on May 13 - which will feature live performances, stalls, games on the lawn and a chance to explore the grounds.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Their Royal Highnesses have arranged the event as a way to acknowledge and honour the fact that a number of young children have had to come to terms with the loss of someone very close to them at a young age, having lost a parent in armed service to the country. The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry hope the event will provide an opportunity for these children to broaden their support networks among other families with similar experiences."

Invites will be issued this week to the children, aged up to 18 years, whose father or mother have died in service for their country, with each young person accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Party at the Palace will also be attended by a number of charities which help support families, and specifically children dealing with bereavement, including Child Bereavement UK.

William is royal patron of Child Bereavement UK.

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