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Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, attend a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Gold Beach at Arromanches-les-Bains on the Normandy coastReuters

When a 88-year-old veteran cheekily asked Kate Middleton for a kiss during the 70th D-Day celebrations in France, she did not refuse, and this has earned her much praises for being a down-to-earth personality who is approachable.

Arthur Jones, a World War II veteran from Wolverhampton, said he does not get many opportunities for kisses now that his wife is dead, and said he was glad that the Duchess obliged him.

"Is it OK to kiss a Princess?" Jones asked her when she sat down to talk to him and the veteran gave her a kiss on the cheek when Middleton said it wouldn't be a problem.

"As the Prince (William) left he said to me 'Were you chatting up my wife?' I told him I only gave her a kiss," Mirror quoted Jones as saying. "William laughed but I'm chuffed I've chatted up a princess. I bet I'll be picked up now and taken to the Tower of London."

Elaborating on the kiss, Jones said: "It was a lovely kiss - she is very sweet and very lovely. I lost my wife 10 years ago, and I'm on my own now, so I don't get many opportunities for kisses any more."

"I always thought Kate looked beautiful, but she has a very down to earth personality - it was like she was one of us."

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France was celebrated by hundreds of veterans with various events on the beaches of Normandy. And since 89-year-old Bernard Jordan did not want to miss the opportunity to commemorate the event with his fellow veterans, he did not heed the advice of his caretakers at The Pines nursing home in Hove.

The veteran grabbed international headlines when he disappeared from his home in Hove without informing anyone and sailed to France to attend the celebrations.

The former Royal Navy officer was initially reported to be missing on Thursday when he disappeared saying he was going for a walk. When he did not return, authorities panicked and lodged a complaint with the police.

The mystery of Jordan's disappearance was solved when the care home received a phone call stating that the he was in Normandy.

"It's a first class show because I have been here last year and I have been here obviously this time and I'm going to - touch wood I'm still with us - and I will be 91 then, but if I am still about I shall try next year's as well," Jordan told ITV, according to Mail Online.

Asked if he would be in trouble with the care home he added: "I might be, but I hope not."

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