The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at St. James’s Palace on November 10, 2011 in aid of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal.  Prince William is the patron of the appeal, which was launched in April 2009 in order to develop the arboretum into a world-renowned center for remembrance.  Each year, more trees are being planted to supplement the already 50,000 trees in the site.  Located in near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England, the National Memorial Arboretum “honours the fallen, recognises sacrifice and fosters pride in our country.  It is a spiritually uplifting place and is emerging as a world-renowned centre for remembrance.”

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge at St. James's Palace, London for a reception in aid of the National Arboretum Appeal, November 10, 2011 (photo: Bauer Griiffn)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to one of the guests, November 10, 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in an off the shoulder gown, wears Art Deco style diamond earrings. She also has a poppy pinned to her gown to commemorate the war dead as part of Remembrance Day (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Catherine and William talking to guests during the reception at St. James's Palace (photo: Bauer Griffin)

The National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England (photo: wikicommons)

An aerial view of The National Memorial Arboretum (photo: wikicommons)


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