A ST Helens soldier killed during a gun battle with Taliban insurgents has been awarded a posthumous bravery medal.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met privately with the family of fallen soldier Christopher Davies.
The Royal couple spoke to Guardsman Davies’ relatives before presenting operational medals to soldiers from the Irish Guards returning from a six-mouth tour of duty in Afghanistan.
William and Kate then presented them the posthumous Elizabeth Cross medals.
Guardsman Davies, 22, was one of three Irish Guards killed in action during the six-month tour, alongside Major Matthew Collins and Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan.
The dad-of-one, from St Helens, died from a gunshot wound on November 17 last year which he sustained during an ambush by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
His brother John Davies serves in the same battalion.
The royal couple later each handed out about 50 medals to the soldiers.
They both gave medals to two men wounded in the same blast that killed Maj Collins and LSgt Burgan.
William awarded Guardsman Manneh, who lost both his legs and his left arm, and Kate handed a medal to Lance Corporal Scott Yarrington, 26, who had to have both his legs amputated as a result of the explosion.
A royal aide said the Duchess was very pleased to be undertaking the role for a regiment “so close to her husband’s heart”.
Prince William also paid tribute to the “extraordinary” soldiers who, within days of returning from fighting in Afghanistan, took part in his marriage celebrations.
Six soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, swapped their combat uniforms for ceremonial dress to help out with the royal wedding - with a handful returning to the UK just seven days earlier.