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William and Kate honour hero troops

The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled as she and her husband rubbed shoulders with a host of famous faces at an awards event to honour British troops.

The pair were joined by Prince Harry as they attended the Sun Military Awards in central London.

Kate, who wore a black strapless Alexander McQueen dress, chatted to servicemen and women at a drinks reception ahead of the ceremony and meal at the Imperial War Museum.

The night, also known as the Millies or Night of Heroes, was also attended by footballer David Beckham, accompanied by sons Brooklyn and Cruz, plus others including Gordon Ramsay, Jimmy Carr, and Frank Lampard and his girlfriend Christine Bleakley.

The Duchess and her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, presented the award for Most Outstanding Soldier to Sergeant Ryan McCready, 26. William said: "This is a truly well deserved award. Sgt McCready, you exemplify to an extraordinary degree the unique qualities that make the British soldier second to none: courage, steadfastness, professionalism, sense of humour and a deep humanity."

Sgt McCready, of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, said he was "taken aback" by the award, which he dedicated to the three "fallen comrades" in his battalion, the Sun reported.

The Duchess, who also wore a diamond necklace given to her as a wedding present by a family friend, was said to be visibly moved as she heard why Private Scott Meenagh won the award for Overcoming Adversity. The 22-year-old, of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, lost both legs to a Taliban mine in Afghanistan, and has since won medals at the Endurance Games in the US for water skiing.

Pte Meenagh, who was given his award by Strictly Come Dancing champion Harry Judd and show judge Alesha Dixon, said he was "overwhelmed" by the honour. Comedian David Walliams presented the True Grit award to Pte Lee Stephens, 31, of The Mercian Regiment, for jumping from his tank and tackling a Taliban fighter.

Other winners, published in the Sun, included Flight Lt Mike Anderson, who was named Most Outstanding Airman, and Aircrewman Mike Henson, who won Most Outstanding Sailor/Marine.

The ceremony, now in its fourth year, recognises servicemen and women for their outstanding performances and contributions in the military and saw 11 awards presented to groups, individuals and units.


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