The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge are to aid the fundraising efforts for the new commemorative WWI galleries at IWM
The Duchess of Cambridge and Art History graduate Kate Middleton is to visit London’s Imperial War Museum for a major fundraising event. This has been announced jointly by Clarence House and the Imperial War Museum. It comes in the wake of Middleton’s charity commitment boom.
But this will also be the first commitment to be undertaken together with her husband Prince William since his return from overseas military duty.
The event will celebrate the launch of the Imperial War Museum First World War Galleries. Kate Middleton and Prince William will attend a reception at the IWM London in so as to commence the fundraising campaign for this new gallery, commemorating one hundred years since the outbreak of the Great War.
Prince William has been Patron of the Imperial War Museum since 2010. This makes sense in relation to his military career, and the Duke of Cambridge has previously paid tribute to the so-called ‘lost generation’ of 1914. For him, the new First World War Galleries at the IWM are important to ensure that we never forget those sacrifices and the true horrors of war.
Chair of the Imperial War Museum Foundation Lord Rothermere has expressed his gratitude for their patronage of the royal pair, but believes this to be a worthy enough cause: ‘The new First World War galleries at IWM London will play a major part in our national commemorations’.
The new WWI galleries will be open by 2014 to coincide with the centenary. Throughout 2014-18, special commemorative events will be occurring across the Nation.
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