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Kate shares in grief of couple who lost son

By Tony Jones

The Duchess of Cambridge has heard the heart-rending story of a couple who lost their young son to an inoperable brain tumour during a visit to a hospice.

Kate sympathised with Tristan and Claire Cork, whose son Finnbar (5) died last year despite a course of intensive treatment. She told the couple: "I'm a mother and I can't imagine what you've been through" and hugged them before she left.

There were lighter moments during Kate's visit to the hospice in the Norfolk village of Quidenham, run by East Anglia's Children's Hospices, with the Duchess avoiding an avalanche of tinsel as she joined children for an art therapy session.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception to celebrate the success of the British Equestrian teams at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Camilla, patron of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), met equestrian athletes, as well as owners and members of the support teams, at the event at Clarence House, London.

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