YOUNG sons of a fallen soldier were invited to Buckingham Palace for a special party to honour the children whose parents have died while serving their country.
Ten-year-old Callum Creighton and his brother Jayden, aged eight, were the special guests of Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who hosted hundreds of youngsters at the Queen’s famous London home for Party at the Palace.
Their father WO2 Scott Creighton died on May 20 in 2015 while serving in the REME based at RAF Waddington in Lincoln at the age of 38.
Mum Vicki, who lives in Darcy Lever, said: “He died very suddenly at the age of 38.
“It has been incredibly difficult for us all to deal with and the boys have been so brave.
“Last month we received a letter from Prince Harry inviting us to a Party at the Palace for children who have lost a parent while in service.
“This was a huge honour and the whole event was utterly amazing.
“It was so sad to see so many children all there for the same reason but also heartwarming to see that they can all come together with smiles and laughter and feel part of a big family for a short time.
“Being a bereaved military family, we often miss out on the natural family support normal families have, especially when you have always lived in military quarters and settle in a new area away from our military family.
“So an event such as this gives us all a sense of belonging and knowing we are not forgotten.
“It’s amazing to see how the children get together even though they may not know each other — just the common bond is enough.”
Mrs Creighton whose brother Andy Caton also went, said: “Seeing the royals was amazing, especially knowing they have been through the same loss as my boys and they really understand. They were lovely and so relaxed around everyone. They looked like they enjoyed the day as much as we did. If I could have bottled a bit of that atmosphere it would be priceless.”
Prince Harry gave a moving and funny speech, saying: “We’re here to celebrate you and to remind you that we as a family, we as a nation, and we up and down the country will never ever forget about the sacrifices that every single one of you have made.”